A renowned florist will be putting his expert knowledge and skills to the test in a new television series.
Jonathan Moseley will be one of three judges featuring on BBC2 show The Big Allotment Challenge.
Hosted by Fern Britton, the show follows nine pairs of passionate, knowledgeable and amateur gardeners as they put their green fingers to the test in a bid to be crowned Britain’s Best Growers.
Over six hour-long episodes, the series will challenge the gardeners’ horticultural skills as they plot, plant and prune their allotment to harvest a series of prize-worthy vegetables, fruits and flowers.
Jonathan, aged 42, from Coal Aston, said: “The show is like the horticultural version of The Great British Bake Off.
“I think it will be just as popular, if not more.”
During each hour-long show, the gardeners will take part in a grow challenge, demonstrating their skills in producing vegetables or fruit, and two make challenges which measure their skills at nurturing the perfect flower specimens and then their creativity with a surprise floral arrangement. An eat challenge will assess their culinary skills to turn their produce into preserves and condiments.
Jonathan, who is originally from North Anston and is a Chelsea Flower Show prize winner, said: “Each week the three judges will set them a challenge to grow, make and eat.
“Mine was the make challenges because I am a floral designer.
“My role was to bring the creative out in people and make them realise what they can achieve with what they grow.
“I want to encourage people to know that you don’t have to go into supermarkets and flower shops to buy flowers – you can grow flowers in an allotment.
“Flowers encourage wildlife, so as well as looking pretty they are also doing good.”
Jonathan’s knowledge of flowers and plants goes back to when he was 11 years old and his family bought him a greenhouse.
He won his first award when he was just 12.
Jonathan regularly holds workshops at Chatsworth House and he will be hosting demonstrations there during his annual floral extravaganza Florabundance which runs between May 9 and 13.
For more information about Jonathan and his work log on to www.jonathan-moseley.com
n The Big Allotment Challenge series begins next Tuesday, April 15, at 8pm.