BBC to make Blue Peter garden open to public
Iconic Blue Peter garden will no longer become a roof-top garden at the BBC’s new home in Salford.
Instead the BBC has changed its mind and the new Blue Peter garden will be in a landscaped area in the grounds of the corporation’s base in the North of England. The new garden will also be open to the public. When Blue Peter moved from its home in Television Centre to Salford last year the original plan was for the garden to move as well but onto a roof-top.
However, the BBC delayed moving the garden possibly because it was already considering changing its plans. Iconic elements of the Blue Peter garden, such as the fishpond, will now be moved to The Green, an area within the BBC’s base in MediaCityUK in Salford. Blue Peter will then begin using the garden, once more, for filming when weather permits.
The BBC recently revealed it was cutting Blue Peter back to just one edition a week prompting fears for its long-term future. The flagship children’s magazine programme has survived the decades, presenter line-up changes, scandals and commercials rivals but whether it will survive the digital age remains to be seen. The move to Salford saw the BBC revamp the series once more introducing a brand new set and arrangement of the iconic theme tune; it didn’t go down well with critics.