A Bristol couple have had their garden transformed for the new series of a hit BBC daytime show.
Along with a team of talented landscapers and designers, Garden Rescue presenters Charlie Dimmock and Chris Hull turned Maurice and Emily’s “drab” garden in Bishop Monk Avenue, Fishponds into a “Mediterranean oasis”.
The episode will feature in series seven of the popular BBC One programme, which is likely to air in spring or summer next year.
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Operating under strict Covid-19 filming guidelines, the green-fingered experts had just two days to complete the major transformation, starting on Wednesday morning (June 9) before revealing their work to the contributors on Thursday evening.
Bristol-based landscape gardener Ben Pope, who is project manager for series seven of Garden Rescue, enjoyed getting stuck into a transformation project near to where he lives.
“I live in Kingswood so for me to go to a local build was wonderful,” said Ben, who runs BRP Garden services.
“It also means that if they need any additional help I can just nip over and offer advice on how to keep their garden in pristine condition.
“It was also a really fantastic reveal which should look great when the episode airs next year.
“The landscapers weren’t allowed to be in the garden when the reveal took place due to Covid guidelines but we could hear Emily scream with joy from the other side of the fence.
“When we were packing our things away they couldn’t thank us enough.”
Ben had worked as a landscaper on Garden Rescue for the past two series before being promoted to project manager.
He said it’s a a surreal experience being filmed while going about his work.
“It was definitely strange at first but I’m getting more and more used to it as filming for the new series goes on,” he added.
“I’ve been a landscaper for around 20 years but when there’s a camera in your face and you’re explaining what you’re doing it’s a whole different story.
“Each episode is a real pressure cooker because you have to get everything done in such a short space of time but the quality still has to be there.
“But thankfully we have the best of the best creating these gardens which makes it doable. Each garden is carefully planned and expertly executed.”
Maurice and Emily applied to be part of the new series last year before their garden was visited by Ben to ensure it could be subject to a two-day build.
The couple’s budget was £2,500, which was spent solely on the materials required for the build and not labour costs, which are covered by the BBC.
Ben Hewish, director for the new series, said: “It was a really smooth build and the couple were really happy with the transformation.
“It was quite a depressing, drab garden but by the end of the two days it had been transformed into a Mediterranean oasis.”
Garden Rescue sees professional gardeners compete to design garden makeovers for homeowners across the country, adapting them to fit their needs and budget.
It is presented by Charlie Dimmock, formerly of Ground Force, alongside Chris Hull, Lee Burkhill and Flo Headlam, who are replacing brothers Harry and David Rich and Arit Anderson in the forthcoming series.
The Bristol episode in series seven of Garden Rescue is expected to air on BBC One in May or June 2022.