Northumberland gardens to feature on new BBC One series

The national spotlight is on Lindisfarne and Cragside's historic gardens as they appear in a new TV series


Two historic Northumberland gardens will feature in a new BBC One series.

Glorious Gardens from Above, featuring some of Britain’s best-loved National Trust gardens, begins on Monday.

Cragside at Rothbury and the Lindisfarne Castle garden will be part of the 15-episode series.

Top garden designer Gertrude Jekyll created the garden on Holy Island which can be viewed from the castle when she worked with architect Edwin Lutyens as he turned the fortress into a home for Edward Hudson, proprietor of Country Life magazine, at the start of the last century.

The garden is at its best in July and August.

At Cragside, Lord Armstrong’s formal garden, with its orchard house is laid out in three terraces and covers over three acres with view across to Simonside.

Rhododendrons at Cragside
Rhododendrons at Cragside

In the new series, presenter and horticulturalist Christine Walkden will embark on a journey to explore some of Britain’s most glorious gardens, using a hot air balloon for a bird’s eye view.

She will explore the social, horticultural and human history of a garden and how it was created, how it is maintained and how it is an inspiration.

Viewers will also be given an insight into each county’s history and geography, and meet the people behind the gardens.

Christine said: “It’s been a real privilege to have the chance to explore the glories of British gardens and the people who help make them great, and our nation’s wonderful countryside as we’ve rarely seen them before, from the vantage point of a hot air balloon. The series is breath-taking.”

Mike Calnan, head of gardens at the National Trust, said: “This new gardening series will offer an exciting perspective on some of our most treasured gardens.

“Seeing a garden from above is an amazing way of appreciating a garden’s scale and design.”

The other gardens in the series are: Bodnant and Bodysgallen in Conwy, North Wales; Powis in Powys, Wales; Mottisfont in Hampshire, St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall; Hidcote in Gloucestershire; Hill Top, Cumbria; Biddulph Grange Garden and Shugborough in Staffordshire and White Horse Hill in Oxfordshire.


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