In this episode of Love Your Garden Alan Titchmarsh and the team travel to Shrewsbury in Shropshire, where they bring a little piece of Japan to Gina Constable. A former nurse, Gina has dedicated over 21 years raising much needed funds for her local air ambulance service, and during this period has raised more than a quarter of a million pounds – a figure which works out at over 100 lifesaving missions.
Despite crippling arthritis, she remains one of the most dedicated fundraisers, even knitting charity soft toys through the night to keep her mind off her painful joints.
The Japanese theme is inspired by the wishes of Gina’s late husband Tony, who was equally as dedicated to fundraising for the air ambulance. The team also provides tips on how to build your own Japanese garden – from transforming a run-down summerhouse into an authentic Japanese tea house, to creating cloud pruned trees and gives advice on planting and caring for Japanese maples.
Love Your Garden: Shrewsbury airs Wednesday 19 July 2017 at 8.00pm on ITV