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DIY SOS at Great Ormond Street Hospital

Series 27 - Episode 5 DIY SOS at Great Ormond Street Hospital



Normally Nick Knowles and his purple-shirted Big Build brigade are helping individual families create new, more usable spaces for themselves. This time round they’ve got much bigger fish to fry, but their project is equally worthy. They’ve teamed up with garden designer Chris Beardshaw to transfer his gold medal-winning RHS Chelsea flower show garden to an entirely enclosed roof-top at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital.

But this project is not just for the children, who, as one nurse points out, sometimes never leave the hospital where they’re being treated. The woodland garden – which includes several full-size trees, a glass atrium, a wooden pergola and several thousand plants – is as much for their parents’ benefit.

Knowles is doubtful whether a small green space can help anyone going through the ordeal of seeing their children in pain – or worse – but over and over again, he’s proved wrong. The reveal at the end is genuinely moving for everyone concerned.


The DIY SOS team are out of their comfort zone this week, joining forces with two world-famous institutions - Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Chelsea Flower Show - for a special challenge. Gardener Chris Beardshaw has promised his gold medal-winning garden from the flower show to the hospital - now all Nick Knowles and his fellow builders have to do is crane the display across London and rebuild it on the hospital. It's a hugely ambitious build, with tricky logistics and emotional volunteers. But knowing how much the garden will prove welcome respite for families, the team is determined not to fail.

Cast & Crew

Director Helga Berry
Executive Producer Robi Dutta
Series Producer Hamish Summers
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