The BBC has announced a major initiative stretching into the summer as it seeks to encourage both children and grownups to transform drab, dreary locations into wild, colourful, nature-filled places for all to enjoy.
Inspired by the BBC’s Wild Isles programme, Radio 2, CBBC, CBeebies and BBC Teach will piggyback the increased interest in nature by encouraging people to repurpose pots, pans and pallets and get planting in the great outdoors.
BBC Director of BBC Children’s and Education, Patricia Hidalgo says: “Environmental initiatives are essential. Not only are they important for educational purposes, there is great fun to be had too! When it comes to Let it Grow, everyone can get involved. Whatever the space available – from front or back gardens, balconies, window ledges or driveways – there will be advice on how to Let It Grow in all kinds of places and communities. We can’t wait to see children across the country exploring the amazing world of nature around us all.”
Encouraging children to help with the making, digging and planting, Let it Grow will spring to life on Blue Peter on 31st March at 5pm on CBBC and BBC iPlayer, supported by Bear Grylls, Steve Backshall, Vick Hope and JB Gill. A new Blue Peter Garden will also open at RHS garden Bridgewater, and there will be a brand new Let it Grow game on the CBBC website.
Other highlights include:
- children being able to apply for a green Blue Peter badge by demonstrating their green fingers — and get a free packet of sunflower seeds along with it.
- OZT Goes Wild in Britain on CBBC in April, following the Whitnall brothers from the popular One Zoo Three programme, as they travel the UK in their electric car, championing conservation projects and meeting wildlife heroes.
- Ranger Hamza’s Eco Minis, a miniseries available on CBeebies in May, will demonstrate how a series of small jobs and tasks that everyone can do can make a big difference to the environment we live in.
- Steve and Aneeshwar Go Wild will also launch on CBeebies in July. The series follows Steve Backshall and young environmental enthusiast Aneeshwar Kunchala as they take over Knowsley Safari Park to meet animals from all over the world, discovering how we can protect them and how even the most unusual creatures are connected to the wonderful critters we can find on our doorsteps.
- BBC Teach’s hub for schools will be available from 27th March on the BBC Teach website, collating the best nature-inspired classroom resources and children’s programming in one place. Teachers can find curriculum-linked classroom videos on how plants grow, what plants need to thrive and survive and how to protect the environment.
- A Radio 2 weekend special plus an eight-part series called Let It Grow with Liza Tarbuck.