Beardshaw quits Gardeners' World

Flying Gardener set to host Channel 4's "biggest ever" gardening show

Chris Beardshaw has left BBC Gardeners’ World. Producer Princess Productions is expected to name him as presenter of new Channel 4 gardening show The Great Garden Challenge next week. Former model Ceri Evans, who studied at London’s English Gardening School, is expected to co-present. Joe Swift and Carol Klein will be joining the 2005 presenting team at BBC Gardeners’ World. A BBC representative said Beardshaw had “decided to take a break from presenting for a while”. The Great Garden Challenge, which starts on 21 March, will be shot on location at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire. Teams of professional and aspiring horticulturists will battle for the title of Britain’s best garden designer by producing 25sq m show gardens. Blenheim chief executive John Hoy said: “We’re excited at the prospect. Blenheim and the programme will work well together.” The BBC has agreed to broadcast RHS flower shows for a further four years.

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