Gardeners' World - TV Broadcast of the Year 2016 at the Garden Media Guild Awards!
Congrats to all the team at BBC Bristol once more -
We did it again!
Across my career in TV, I have researched, directed and produced some of the BBC’s most treasured gardening brands – from the award winning 'The Great British Garden Revival', to ‘Gardeners’ World’, ‘Country Tracks’, ‘BBC Gardener of the Year’, ‘RHS Chelsea, Hampton Court & Tatton Park’ flower show coverage, 'Gardeners' World LIVE', ‘The Flying Gardener’ to ‘Bees, Butterflies & Blooms’ and ‘The Plantsman’.
I have utilised my creativity to reinvigorate the format and on-screen look and tone of long-running series and reinvented the BBC
Gardener of the Year competition.
I've a keen eye for new presenter talent and passionate on-screen contributors and I've helped to develop a number of BBC gardening faces, most recently Adam Frost for BBC Gardeners' World, but most importantly, I have huge enthusiasm and passion for all types of gardening features, formats, events and documentaries.
I also make short and feature length promotional films for public gardens, Britian in Bloom groups, gardening businesses and nurseries for their websites, vimeo channels and for you-tube and general advertising and promotional purposes.
'The Great British Garden Revival' series 1 - TV Broadcast of The Year.
I am very proud to say I was part of this top telly team at Outline Productions in Kentish Town. As one of the main Producer/Directors and Edit Producers of this TV gardening series I'm really chuffed that it won. We all really worked our butts off to make that series such a success in the summer of 2013.
Judges comments for TV Broadcast of the Year:
'The Great British Garden Revival' 'Topiary & Roof Gardens' episode was beautifully filmed, the camera moves and artistic camera angles combined with appropriate use of music made this a very well crafted and a very informative programme. All the criteria for choosing the winner were achieved. Rachael de Thame and James Wong presented in a very engaging and enthusiastic style that keeps the audience attention. The programme was well put together with knowledgeable guest experts, who added further in-depth information. I’m sure Rachael’s enthusiasm for topiary will encourage people to have a go at doing topiary themselves. James’s roof top gardening will I’m sure encourage Companies and individuals to get involved and transform our concrete jungles into spaces with living colour and texture by using roofs and balcony spaces. Humans and wildlife both benefit from having plants growing and this programme has showed us what is possible to achieve. An engaging, inspiring and informative programme."
We got the nation buzzing again!
A TV series I made at the BBC with writer and broadcaster Sarah Raven who is on a mission to raise awareness and halt the declines in our honey bees and insect pollinators with insect friendly flower power.
Our bees and other pollinating insects are in crisis. It’s a complex problem that scientists the world over are still trying to fully fathom, but the prognosis is grim - without healthy populations of insect pollinators across the world, our food security is under threat.
Our pollinating insects are vital to the production of the vast majority of the fruits and vegetables we need in our healthy 5-a-day diets. If we don’t start to look after our insect pollinators, eventually our favourite foods could vanish from our supermarket shelves, from apples and pears through to coffee and chocolate.
Sarah wants to show us all that we could make a difference and reverse this trend if we all do our bit. She wants to inspire and inform everyone, no matter where they live – village, town, city or countryside – to get planting nectar rich plants.
Backed by recent research, Sarah believes that one of the main reasons our pollinators are under threat is due to their poor health and nutrition. A lack of a rich and varied supply of pollen and nectar throughout the year to feed our insect workforce is leaving them vulnerable to the effects of pesticides and parasites and threatening some species with extinction.
Sarah believes in ‘people power’, and that together, we can all do our bit to help save our precious pollinators, and bring their needs to the fore.
If we all make small changes in our local areas and grow more wildflowers and insect-friendly plants, then we can lend a strong helping hand to our bees, butterflies and pollinating bugs.
Together, we could help to reverse the trend, maybe stop extinctions and secure a future for our threatened pollinating insects.
Sarah and I were overwhelmed by the positive feedback from viewers of the series, and the 'Perfect for Pollinators' initiative launched as part of the series with the RHS and HTA continues to be a huge success.
We hope we have helped to make people more aware and consider our struggling insect pollinators more when planting new landscapes or green garden spaces.
The A.I. figures for the series (Appreciation Index) were through the roof, in the mid 90s, and are amongst the highest ever recorded for BBC 2 series.
The GMG Awards celebrate the very best of horticultural communications, rewarding the talent, skill and inspiration of garden media professionals across the industry. It is an opportunity for individuals and organisations to put forward their very best work to be judged, alongside their peers, by experts in the field.
At the awards lunch the BBC 2 series 'Bees, Butterflies and Blooms' was nominated and shortlisted for best TV Broadcast, and we were nominated in the environmental award category too.
However it was a case of 'close but no cigar!' on both occasions, but nonetheless I was very proud for my work to be recognised at the GMG Awards.