Zoe Ball is broadcasting her BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show live from Doncaster this morning.By Darren BurkeFriday, 20th August 2021, 7:17 am
The nation’s flagship radio show is being broadcast live from St Catherine’s Hospital in Doncaster where later the star will be unveiling a competition winning garden.
10-year-old Izabella Zogaj will see her bee friendly garden unveiled after she was announced as the winner of BBC Radio 2’s Big Big Challenge where youngsters were tasked with building a bee friendly garden.
The garden has been built on the NHS Trust site at Balby.
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Guests on this morning’s show include Adam Frost, Dr Bee – aka biologist Professor Dave Goulson - as well as music from Ella Henderson.
Radio 2’s Big Bee Challenge is a brand new initiative that launched in June this year with the aim of shining a light on the plight of our bee population which is in decline, with some species in danger of extinction in the UK.
Children aged 6-12 years were asked to design a garden that would attract bees and other pollinating insects.
Award-winning gardener and one of the judges of the competition, Adam Frost, adapted Izabella’s design into a plan for the site which is at an NHS Trust in Doncaster that is used by children and young people with mental health needs. It has been built there by a team led by the Royal Horticultural Society.
Zoe said: “Huge congratulations to Izabella – her garden design is simply gorgeous, packed full of beautiful bee-loving plants, a wildlife pond and even a seating area. I can’t wait to see her reaction when she sees her garden in real-life at a special outside broadcast of The Breakfast Show in Doncaster!”
Izabella said: "I really enjoyed designing the garden for the competition as it combined my love of drawing and nature. I was amazed to hear I was one of the 20 finalists and I am so happy that my design has been chosen to be created. I cannot wait to see it in real life!"
As well as her garden being built - Izabella receives a box of gardening and nature goodies from the RHS, an illustrated and framed version of her garden design and an extra special chat with the stars of one of her favourite TV shows, BBC Two’s Your Garden Made Perfect.