West Briton – Falmouth to appear on Outline’s BBC program with Carol Klein from Gardener’s World

FALMOUTH is due to appear on a BBC TV programme hosted by Carol Klein from Gardener’s World.

The Paint The Town Yellow Day, which kicked off Falmouth Spring Festival last month, caught the attention of programme-makers from BBC Two’s Great British Garden Revival.

But to make it happen, the town had to pull together to re-enact the magic of the event for filming.

The Paint The Town Yellow Day involved schoolchildren and interior design students from Falmouth University brightening up shop windows with more than 12,000 daffodils and decorations.

“They were keen to re-enact the day and so, at short notice, I co-ordinated efforts with a dozen or so volunteers comprising the Falmouth University student ambassadors and Gyllyngdune Gardens staff,” said Falmouth Business Improvement District (BID) manager Richard Wilcox.

“Winchester Growers donated additional daffodils and members of an art workshop group at Gyllyngdune Gardens made some daffodil props and banners and away we went.”

He said the BBC thought the daffodil day was a “brilliant idea” and a “great community initiative”.

The film crew interviewed people in the street as volunteers handed daffodils to passengers on the shuttle bus, in shops and around the town.

“They were absolutely delighted and very impressed with the efforts we had gone to get extra daffodils, props and volunteers at short notice,” said Mr Wilcox. “It made for a really good shoot and they were hugely impressed with the town, its friendliness, the buzz, people and creative spirit.”

The programme, which will be the first in a ten-part series, will be aired at the end of the summer.

Mr Wilcox said: “It was great to be able to showcase our vibrant town and especially its community spirit, which once again shone through. The weather looked favourably upon us as we handed out daffodils and talked to visitors, locals and shops.

“It is partnership working like this that really is elevating Falmouth, helping us to achieve great national profile, as well as attracting visitors and new, exciting businesses to our lovely town.”