It will be very interesting to hear from other members on this. I think it will generate plenty of reactions and I suspect not all of it positive. It is billed as Grand Designs for the garden. The format seems to be looking into garden owners own (possibly DIY) projects. I have heard no mention of the D word (design) yet . I hope it will be more supportive of our profession than Ground Force was. That series has retained its ability to wake me in a panic in the wee small hours !
Joanna Fortnam goes behind the scenes of TV programme production. It is hard not to become cynical but this is the reality of "Reality TV". I hope the Wileys recover from their ordeal and move on to see their business and Wildside flourish..they deserve it. However, the programme just made garden making look like a slightly traumatic and rushed process. In my personal view It did very little for design, site ecology, or professionalism in general.
I watched Landscape man this morning and thought it was an alright programme. I liked the passion of the Wileys and their love of gardening. I also read Joanna Fortnam's article which showed there is always two sides to a TV reality programme.
Further to Phils statement, before a debate is started, I feel it needs to be made clear by the producers what their aim was - to make a informed documentry about the garden design and landscaping industry or to make an entertainment show about people creating and building their own garden.
I strongly believe the public need educating about how much professional gardening costs and the results they should expect for their money but maybe this TV series is not the place for it to be portrayed. This could change if a second series is to be made.
All publicity is good publicity and this programme will make people think about their own gardens. Unfortunately we will have to convince them you can not get a £100,000 landscaping job done for just £10,000.