Ferndale Garden Centre Managing Director Neil Grant has been the permanant garden BBC Radio Sheffield since 2005.
Having started along side local garden hero the late Stuart Jackson, Neil continued alone after Stuarts retirement offering advice to garden lovers in the South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire areas on the Garden Phone-In. The show was reformatted in August 2022 into the ‘The Grow Show’. The show has been a finalist at the Garden Media Guide awards twice.
At points over 42,000 listeners tuned in per show and not just from this area. In the last couple of year because of the internet callers have phoned from the west coast of Ireland, Norfolk and the Black Forest in Germany.
Neil has also contributed to other BBC Radio Sheffield programs particularly with Paulette Edwards including 5 live broadcasts from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
In 2017 & 2018 the RHS Chatsworth flower show was launched at which Radio Sheffield broadcast during the week with Neil taking an active role in presenting and meeting exhibitors and visitors.
Every Sunday morning the Grow Show is for anyone who has a garden or growing question. Neil’s aim is to enable anyone to grow plants and have success no matter how little knowledge they have.
The BBC Radio Sheffield Grow Show is on air at 9.00 a.m. every Sunday morning for one hour, and is also available on the BBC Sheffield page of the BBC Sounds shortly after transmission so you can ‘listen again’ and make note of any thing you missed during the broadcast.
Neil’s co presenter (and button pusher) is Kat Cowan, BBC Radio Sheffield best and most experienced presenters. Kat’s garden is a compact, urban mid terrace garden she and her husband have built for their young family. Kat regularly announces ‘The Grow Show’ as her ‘favourite part of her week’.
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