Gardeners’ Question Time comes to Colne

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COLNE is to be in the spotlight next month, as BBC programme Gardeners’ Question Time comes to town.

The popular Radio 4 show will be recorded from the Muni on September 19th and will be aired a few days later.

Project leader of Colne in Bloom Michael Osborn applied to the BBC to have the show broadcast from Colne after the town reached the final of the prestigious Britain in Bloom competition.

He said: “As we are in the finals this year we thought it would be good for Colne to have this long-running programme broadcast from our town. It will give the local gardening community a great chance to put some of their questions to the panel of top national gardening experts.

“I applied to the BBC 12 months ago but never thought we would actually get the programme broadcast from Colne, I know there is a very long waiting list for organisations and towns wanting to host the programme. This is a real accolade for Colne and recognition of the town’s success in the Britain in Bloom competition.”

The first Gardeners’ Question Time took a panel of expert gardeners along to answer questions from members of the Smallshaw Allotments Association and was broadcast in April 1947. Over the years it has answered more than 30,000 questions. Panel members have been guests of a diversity of gardening clubs and other groups, including Leyhill Open Prison, the Palace of Westminster and a nudist club in Wales.

The panel is made up of prestigious gardening experts including Carol Klein, Christine Walkden, Bob Flowerdew, Chris Beardshaw, Roy Lancaster and Anne Swithenbank, who also appear regularly on gardening television shows.

To apply for a ticket in the audience when the show is broadcasted from Colne, contact the Muni box office 661234. Tickets go on sale on August 31st but there are only 200 available so people are advised to buy early.

The show will be recorded at 6-30 p.m. on September 19th and doors open at 5-30 p.m. when the audience can submit questions for inclusion.

It will be aired on September 23rd at 3 p.m. and repeated on September 25th at 2 p.m.