(By the Jill Dando News Centre) Jill Dando’s Garden is exploding in size right across Somerset – helped by her friend Alan Titchmarsh.
Some 49 apple trees will be planted in primary schools across Weston, Worle and beyond with more than 10,000 children involved, in memory to the TV star.
Sanders Garden Centre are donating the trees while TV Gardener Alan Titchmarsh is helping green-fingered students with advice on how to plant them and see them flourish.
Alan helped create Jill’s Garden in Weston Town Centre in 2000, a year after her death.
Alan advised the children to grow a Discovery apple.
He said: “It is a nice rosy apple. It crops generously and ripens ready to eat as early as August without being kept in store.
WCSA Jill Dando News Centre student editor Olivia Finch, aged 13, said “We are so grateful to Mr Titchmarsh for his help. Jill‘s legacy is in giving students in her old school like me the ability to write good news stories, to promote kindness and mental well-being.
“We think that planting these apple trees remain people come remember Jill, not only in seeing the tree grow but also enjoying organic apples.”
Nigel Dando said: “What a brilliant initiative to promote the work of the Trust and to remember Jill at the same time. It’s great to have Alan on board, too, with his support and advice on how to produce the perfect crop.”