Not many people know it, but England won the World Cup last year- the Gardening World Cup that is.
This year the competition is even more fierce, with gardeners from all five continents taking part. Last year’s winner, Andy Sturgeon, is taking a rest this year as a competitor, but is returning as a judge. His place as the senior English competitor is taken by Sarah Eberle who won her 8th RHS gold medal at Chelsea this year with her stunning Monaco garden.
I’m very proud to have been chosen as the other English competitor and I’m going to take a slice of the Lake District to Japan with a garden which will feature a Cumbrian Dabbin.
This video is a clip from Lookaround, the regional news programme which is shown after the ITN early evening news, in which intrepid reporter Hannah Lomas in a piece about last year’s event, takes the footballing metaphor to its furthest extreme by calling me “The David Beckham of Gardening”. It’s very entertaining and I hope we have as much fun this year.