The BBC has announced that the Blue Peter garden will be located in a publicly accessible space when it is moved to its new northern home in Salford.
A year ago the corporation had announced plans for the garden to occupy a rooftop space, but now the famous sunken garden will be relocated from BBC Television Centre in west London to an area known as The Green outside Dock House, one of three BBC buildings at MediaCity.
This change of plans will also mean that for the first time ever the public will be able to visit the garden without having to be part of a specially arranged tour, as is currently the case.
Designed by Percy Thrower in 1978, the Blue Peter garden will be landscaped in its new home by gardener Chris Collins and feature a bronze statue of the show’s first pet, Petra, for the public to see.
Tim Levell, Blue Peter’s editor, said: “We’re really excited about being able to open up the garden so Blue Peter viewers can come along and visit it – we wanted to make it as accessible to the public as possible.
“People from seven to 70 ask about the garden and by placing it in the MediaCityUK piazza, members of the public can enjoy it and see first-hand Blue Peter memorabilia such as the Petra statue. Having filmed in the piazza and gardens recently, we know just how well these areas work for the show and we’re looking forward to doing more filming around the MediaCityUK campus, including the new garden area.”