The Herald – College lecturer in BBC Two garden show “Great British Garden Revival”

A GREEN-FINGERED lecturer from a Camborne-based college has featured on a BBC Two television programme.

Matt James, from Duchy College Rosewarne, had his TV debut on Monday evening on the Great British Garden Revival, which aims to inspire viewers to save the UK’s garden heritage.

The show, which started in December, features episodes on cottage and kitchen gardens, wildflowers, fruit trees, herbaceous borders, roof gardens, ponds and water features.

Matt’s airtime was spent talking about shrubs, encouraging viewers to rediscover and appreciate the importance and beauty of them.

He looked at the history of the shrubs, the reasons behind their decline and gave a beginner’s guide to making the most of them in the garden.

Matt, the HND garden and landscape design course manager at the Camborne campus, said: “Shrubs come in all shapes, sizes, colours and textures. They are vital to our gardens yet unfortunately in recent years their popularity has declined in part due to the trend for naturalistic meadow or prairie-inspired planting.

“I hope that this programme will highlight their importance and inspire viewers to plant more, lots more, something I advocate daily to my students studying planting design here at the college.”

For further details about the horticulture courses available at Duchy College Rosewarne call 0845 6050455, go to www.duchy.ac.uk or visit the information morning on January 25 from 10am to 12pm.