Love Your Garden, ITV
Grillo Outdoor Kitchen features on ITV Love Your Garden!
“Reconnecting ourselves to nature in our outdoor spaces, whether large or small, can be life changing.”
So says Alan Titchmarsh in the introduction to ITV’s Love Your Garden, and we couldn’t agree more. It’s why we were so delighted to be involved in their latest episode – to, as Alan put it, “replace James’s rather, ahem, rustic barbeque, with something a little bit smarter…” Watch the episode to see Alan and his talented team – Danny Clarke, Katie Rushworth and Bruce Kenneth – turn a Burnley Builder’s Yard into a Burnley Bliss… with a little bit of inspiration from a familiar-looking Stockport Shangri-La.
The episode saw Britain’s best loved gardener head to the Lancashire town of Burnley to meet a very special plumber. James Anderson set up a charity, Depher CIC, to provide free plumbing services to the elderly and vulnerable families in the region. What began 5 years ago as a gesture of support for his elderly neighbours has grown into a charity that’s supported more than 39,000 people across Lancashire, who otherwise simply couldn’t afford it. Even though James now heads up a team of plumbers, he’s still out there 7 days a week, 10 hours a day, leading the charge.
During COVID he dedicated his front garden to those in the area who don’t have a garden, letting anyone come and plant or place something there in memory of someone they’d lost. But his own backgarden, which should have been a place of escape and relaxation from his hectic life of helping others, was little more than a neglected builders yard; paved from front to back. It was, as Alan said, one of the bleakest gardens that they’d ever taken on.
In redesigning James’s garden, Alan took inspiration from a garden in that featured in LIVING ‘22 – Stockport, Cheshire. It used a lot of hard landscaping, in varying colours and shapes, to fantastic effect – making the garden not only low maintenance, but much more interesting. The garden had been divided into 3 different sections – a relaxation area, a Grillo outdoor kitchen area, and a private party social space – a veritable Ibizan party pad.
Alan & his team worked their magic, replicating the Stockport Shangri-La in James’s much smaller garden. Using clever landscaping and plenty of soothing planting, they made the perfect sanctuary for James to entertain, relax and recharge his batteries after his long, hard days at work.
Watch the full episode on ITVX