ONE of the BBC’s most respected radio programmes Gardener’s Question Time is coming to the heart of Solihull, thanks to the determination of Balsall District Horticultural Society.
The sell-out event will be recorded at the Heart of England School on Monday and will be lead by a panel of gardening experts, including Peter Gibbs, Christine Walkden, Chris Beardshaw (pictured) and Bob Flowerdew.
Members of Balsall District Horticultural Society approached the BBC requesting them to air the popular show here in Solihull.
Committee member Doug Timmis said: “We approached the BBC and they came to Solihull to check out the venue. We waited and then we were told we had been successful.
“We are absolutely delighted and we are looking forward to it. We were allocated 300 tickets and they sold like hot cakes.”
Two programmes will be filmed back-to-back and there will be a slot where members of the public can ask the panel questions.
Andrew Mackereth, head of Heart of England School, added: “This is quite an honour for the area let alone the school. Gardener’s Question Time is a famous British institution and is followed by literally thousands of people.
“This really is a testament to the hard work of the Balsall District Horticultural Society - they have made this happen.
“It’s a shame only 300 tickets could be sold because I think we could have filled our hall three times over.”
It is expected that the first programme will be aired on November 23, repeated on November 25.
The second programme is expected to air on January 4, repeated on January 6.