Charitable couple to appear on Gardeners’ World to mark 25th open gardens

04 October 2017

A couple who have raised almost £13,000 for dementia research by opening their colourful garden to the public are to be featured on Gardeners’ World.

A film crew from the popular BBC gardening show visited Margaret and Peter Hargreaves at Grafton Cottage in Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire, and filmed around their beautiful garden. The segment will be in the show on BBC Two on Friday (October 6) at 9pm.

Margaret and Peter Hargreaves

This summer was the 25th year the couple have held open days as part of the National Garden Scheme. Since they started they have raised £76,845 for various charities, including £12,945 for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Margaret, a hairdresser, chose to support Alzheimer’s Research UK as some of her clients have dementia.

Her husband Peter, who is an accountant, said:

“We were very pleased to be approached to appear on the show. The main thing is hopefully it will help the charities by attracting more people to come to see the garden next summer.

“My wife does the hair of people with dementia in a care home and is sad to see them living with the condition. We’re supporting research as we’re hoping a cure can be found.”

The couple’s garden

The funds they have raised are helping to support a project conducted by Prof Kevin Morgan at the University of Nottingham. Prof Morgan runs the Alzheimer’s Research UK DNA Bank, a resource containing more than 10,000 DNA samples that dementia scientists can draw upon for their research. The bank has already been instrumental in uncovering 21 new risk genes for Alzheimer’s, a disease caused by a mixture of genetic and lifestyle factors, alongside age.

Zoe Baggott, Regional Fundraising Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“We are really looking forward to seeing Margaret and Peter’s wonderful garden featured on TV.

“They have been fantastic supporters of Alzheimer’s Research UK. The money they have raised is powering innovative dementia research that is shaping our understanding of the condition and opening the door to new treatments.

”There are more than 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia. Alzheimer’s Research UK is on a mission to end the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia, and we couldn’t do it without our supporters.”

The couple will be holding open days again next year on July 1, 15, 29 and August 5, in support of a range of charities. For more information go to www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/11244