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Batemoor Ambulance Station Garden to be featured on BBC Two Gardeners' World

01 September 2017

Batemoor Ambulance Station Gardeners World

A wildlife garden created on an area of disused land at Batemoor Ambulance Station in Sheffield will be featured on the BBC Two Gardeners’ World programme at 9pm on Friday 1 September and repeated again at 4.45pm on Saturday 2 September 2017.

Glen Watson, a Paramedic Practitioner in South Yorkshire, was inspired to create the wildlife garden last year after reading about Grow Wild, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew’s national outreach initiative. UK native wild flower seed kits were donated by Grow Wild, and ambulance service staff, their families and local businesses donated other plants, materials and tools. Thanks to them and a lot of hard work and dedication from Glen and his colleagues, a beautiful outdoor space was created.

The garden features a large central wild flower bed, with plants native to the UK, along with bird feeders and nest boxes, a hedgehog house and a ‘bug hotel’. A seating area was also built in the middle of the garden so that staff can enjoy the outside space.

News of the garden reached the BBC Two Gardeners’ World programme and a film production crew visited Batemoor Ambulance Station in July to capture footage of the project. 

Commenting on the project, Divisional Commander of A&E Operations in South Yorkshire Jackie Cole said:
“Our staff do an amazing job every day helping thousands of patients and often find themselves in challenging and stressful situations. The garden created by Glen and his colleagues has been a great way for them to relax away from their ‘blue-light’ duties and I know how much pleasure the garden brings to local staff.”

Grow Wild's Lead Engagement Manager Tim Owen said:
"We're delighted to see the inspiring Grow Wilder and paramedic Glen Watson appear on BBC Two Gardeners' World on Friday. We loved his passion and vision to transform an unloved piece of land around the ambulance station into a stunning wildlife haven for all his colleagues and the local community to enjoy.

“The project is a perfect example of what the Grow Wild seed kits are designed to achieve. Glen has brought people together to sow native wild flower seeds, creating an amazing space, not just for people, but also for local wildlife to thrive."

Produced By: Corporate Communications Department