Garden industry asked to fund TV show

The Aquatic & Leisure Industry Co-operative (ALIC) has made a plea to the garden industry to raise £500,000 by subscription to return gardening to mainstream TV.

Garden & Leisure operations director Carol Paris told the recent Garden Centre Association conference that ALIC believes it is "vital for the public's imagination to be fired up once again".

She said she wanted the programme to have the impact Groundforce had on gardening and that the industry could either complain about the lack of gardening on TV or do something about it.

Charlie Dimmock launched ALIC at Aqua 2010 and the group has since met with the BBC, ITV and production companies. Product placement and entertainment opportunities are available, said Paris.

Aquatics industry figures John Finbow, James Marshall and Richard Abell founded ALIC but they are now asking the rest of the gardening industry for funds to make an entertaining, inspirational series aired on a mainstream channel.

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