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Delight for Gina as Alan Titchmarsh brings Love Your Garden to Shrewsbury

By Lucy Todman | Shrewsbury | Shrewsbury entertainment | Published:

It was a case of all hands to the deck when a television crew, headed by Britain's favourite gardener, came to Shrewsbury to give a makeover to a plot of land belonging to a Shropshire heroine.

To be broadcast next Wednesday, ITV's Love Your Garden follows Alan Titchmarsh and his team as they create a garden like no other they've done before.

The team descended on a house in Gains Park to meet Air Ambulance heroine Gina Constable.

Alan Titchmarsh with Gina Constable

The former nurse's dedication to the vital life-saving service is unprecedented. For over 21 years she has helped raise more than £250,000 - a figure which works out at over 100 life-saving air ambulance missions.

To this day, despite crippling arthritis, she remains one of the services most dedicated fundraisers and will often take her mind off her painful joints by knitting charity soft toys - even through the night.

Inspired by the wishes of her late husband Tony, who was equally dedicated to fundraising for the Air Ambulance, the Love Your Garden team build her a breathtaking Japanese garden.

In the programme, to be broadcast at 8pm on Wednesday, the team share the tricks to creating a little piece of Japan in your own back yard - from transforming a run-down summerhouse into an authentic Japanese Tea House, to creating cloud-pruned trees and the low down on planting and caring for Japanese maples.

Show producers enlisted the services of a number of local firms who provided building materials, landscaping and plants to the project.

Filming took place over two days last month.

Lucy Todman

By Lucy Todman
@shroptod

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star and Shrewsbury Chronicle based in Shrewsbury.

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