WUC graduates star in BBC2’s Your Garden Made Perfect

March 2022

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Former Writtle University College (WUC) students starred in the latest series of hit BBC2 show, Your Garden Made Perfect.

The garden design programme returned to screens in the UK in early 2022, after gaining over 2 million viewers in 2021.

Host Angela Scanlon was joined by Writtle University College graduate Helen-Elks Smith and other popular designers from season one.

Helen studied Garden Design at WUC before setting up her own studio in 2005. In 2019 she was made a Fellow of the Society of Garden Designers.

The show also introduced two new, young designers. WUC graduate and short course lecturer Oliver Bond was delighted to be included.

At just 26 years old, Ollie is the youngest member of the Society of Garden Designers. He has an MA in Landscape Architecture and is the director and founder of his own Garden Design and Build company.

His designs range from beautifully crafted tiny front gardens to massive high end and top budget gardens.

Angela Scanlon explained: "The show uses virtual reality to allow homeowners to explore their newly imagined gardens before choosing between two designs.

"Most people have some level of confidence with their homes, they know what style they like (or hate!), they've got some of the lingo but with gardens it can all feel very out of reach.

"We're helping them imagine, plus hopefully nudging them to fall in love with the great outdoors a bit - whether they have a little woodland or a tiny balcony."

For information on Writtle University College's garden-related short courses, including those taught by Oliver Bond, go to writtle.ac.uk/ShortCourses.