programmes  —  Wild Gardens  —  Woodland

Woodland – Mike takes Pete and Lesley Carr from Gloucester on a day out in the ancient Forest of Dean before returning to their home to create a mini-woodland garden. They make an early start when the animals are active and the birds are singing. Walking on the RSPB’s Nagshead Reserve they stop off at a ‘waterhole’and watch woodland birds feeding and drinking. Water is vital in woodland and it’s just as important for wildlife to have a source of water in our gardens. They also see how insects that inhibit dead and decaying trees and that live in the leaf litter on the forest floor are an important food source for birds.

Frank Lander lives near Lydney. He’s a volunteer warden at Nagshead and an expert on the Pied Fly Catchers who breed in the forest each year. Frank helps erect and maintain over 300 nest boxes in the forest and in one, we are lucky enough to see blue tit nestlings just newly hatched.

Full of inspiration, Lesley and Pete make a visit to forest garden center and, with Mike’s help, return home with woodland plants that will help their garden attract more wildlife. Plants chosen will provide fruit, berries, nuts and flowers across the year. To encourage more insects – Mike shows Pete how to make an ‘insect hotel’ out of a pile of old rubbish! Lesley assembles a bird bath so birds can bathe and drink all year round and a nest box is erected in the hope of attracting a blue tit family next year.

With thanks to
The Forestry Commission
Pygmy Pinetum
Frank Lander
Eco-watch Wildlife Surveillance
CJ Wildlife

Mike Dilger

Clive North

Camera assistant
Ben Crossley

Wildlife Camera
Graham Hatherley

Kevin Meredith

Fred Tay

Title Music
Tim Baker

Horticultural Advisor
Charmaine Hawkins

Production Manager
Lea Aldridge

Production Co-ordinator
Hanna Saastamoinen

Rob Harrington

Dubbing Editor
Ben Wood

Dubbing Mixer
Neil Hipkiss

Online Editor
Tim Bolt

Executive Producer for ITV
James Garrett

Produced and Directed by
Sarah Pitt

© Mallinson Sadler Productions 2008