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August 19, 2017

The Lost Gardens Of Heligan – S01e04.

A six part series for C4, "The Lost Gardens of Heligan" follows the restoration of a country estate's derelict gardens which fell into disrepair after its gardeners were killed in action during WW1. Tim Smit and his partner John Nelson take on the mammoth task of bringing the gardens back to life.



At Heligan, 4 acres of walled kitchen garden were needed to feed household and staff of house. They provided cut flowers for house and exotic fruit from the glasshouses. The kitchen gardens are working again, using growing systems typical of Victorian time, but not including the use of chemicals favoured by the Victorians-- often lethal combinations of arsenic and lead. The second programme of the productive gardens ends with a sumptuous 'Victorian feast' laid out in the gardens but this time enjoyed by the Heligan staff.

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