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Blue Peter garden ‘must be saved’12 December 2011
TV gardener David Domoney is on a mission to save the famous Blue Peter TV garden.
David, who presents Garden ER on Channel 5, is planning to recreate the garden, originally constructed by Percy Thrower in the 1970s.
The BBC is upping sticks from Television Centre in White City, London, and moving to Media City in Salford, Manchester. In preparation for the move, the original Blue Peter garden has been taken to bits.
David said: “The Blue Peter sunken garden is famous and known to us all, but it has been dismantled. Many of the garden items have been placed in storage. It would be a tragedy if the superb garden created by the renowned Percy Thrower is lost forever.”
He said the garden inspired many of today’s gardeners, when they were youngsters, and this is why it must be saved.
“I want to rebuild the garden as a lasting legacy – dedicated to Percy who, 30 years ago, motivated kids watching TV to get involved in gardening,” he said.
His wants to recreate the garden in a public park or hospice, where it can be admired by the public. David said: “We will re-use the paving slabs, re-site statues of the well-loved dogs Petra and Mabel, reinstall the time capsules and of course erect the plaque to Percy Thrower.”
The BBC failed to respond to Amatuer Gardening's request for comment.
Pictures of Percy Thrower (left) and David Domoney supplied by Amatuer Gardening Magazine