Gardeners’ World filming under ‘serious threat’ as Monty Don’s garden at risk of flooding

Gardeners’ World filming under ‘serious threat’ as Monty Don’s garden at risk of flooding

February 28, 2021

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BBC Two viewers are only a few weeks away from Gardeners’ World returning with a brand new series. As ever, Monty Don will be back at the helm, presenting from his back garden, while Carol Klein, Alan Titchmarsh, Joe Swift and Adam Frost will be dropping in and out with their own segments, as well as amateur gardeners from up and down the country featuring in their homemade videos. But, with recently high levels of rain, flooding has hit parts of the UK and one of those areas is where the show is filmed – Longmeadow. The presenter spoke about the water which had saturated his garden earlier this week. 

Monty has been presenting the show since 2003 and in 2011, the programme was moved and delivered from his very own garden – Longmeadow, in Herefordshire. 

According to a report by the Sunday Mirror, a river near his property has burst its banks and reportedly submerged a third of Monty’s framed gardens, as well as a huge amount of the land surrounding Longmeadow’s boundary. 

The gardens are well known to the millions who tune in to see Monty’s latest projects every Friday night and the presenter spoke out about the extent to which his land has been affected by the flooding. 

I’m looking out of the window and can see at least half a mile of clear water and it is lapping up the house,” Monty explained. 

“It’s up against the walls of the kitchen. It’s a serious threat,” BBC Radio 4’s Paddy O’Connell was told earlier this week. 

Monty bought his home with his wife Sarah back in 1991 and together they have developed the gardens into what Longmeadow is today. 

As for how the flooding has fared over the past couple of days, Monty updated his Twitter followers. 

He wrote, to his 211,800 followers earlier today: “Walking the dogs today where the floods had receded. 

“Saw a huddled group of hunchbacked, steelgrey shapes. 14 herons in a field.” 

So it seems, for now, preparation for filming the new series is not directly threatened unless another bout of heavy rain falls in the area. 

It comes after Monty spoke out about the creation of Longmeadow. 

The land is separated into several different areas, each with certain plants and flowers chosen to be there – which a friend of his joked and described it like being “a series of allotments”. 

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As a result, each section “has to stand up to the strictest scrutiny and aesthetic standards,” Monty wrote for Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine. 

The Spring Garden has apparently “changed very little” since Monty and Sarah first made it 30 years ago. 

And this was the first part of his lang to flood last winter with “more than half to it underwater for weeks,” luckily “nothing seemed to suffer”. 

The Jewel Garden “remains the heart” of the entire landscape and the presenter calls it the “physical and conceptual hub which all other parts revolve”. 

The basic concept of jewel colours is still used and it is a big space for Monty to play around with. 

There is also a Damp Garden and this is also an area that is prone to flooding. 

As for the Wildlife Garden, Monty “deliberately” allows it to become “as wild as it can be” without losing what he considers as “its horticultural charm”. 

The Writing Garden, on the other hand, has a shed that Monty’s son built when he was 12 years old. 

The area has five apple trees and a mown path that curves around leading you to the door of the shed. 

Gardeners’ World returns with a brand new series sometime in March on BBC Two. 

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