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BBC Radio 2 launches Let it Grow initiative

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Liza Tarbuck and Radio 2 will today launch new podcast Let it Grow, a collaboration between BBC Children’s and Education and BBC Radio 2 to help everyone transform grey spaces into wild and colourful places.

Inspired by the new BBC One series Wild Isles, the opening episode of which was the biggest factual episode to air on the BBC in 2023 so far, Radio 2, CBBC, CBeebies and BBC Teach will be building on the interest generated in nature and inspiring all audiences to get stuck in. Viewers and listeners will be encouraged to re-purpose pots, pans and pallets to get planting and bring brightness to wherever they live.

From today, the family of Radio 2 presenters will also be getting stuck into the action, with special guests who will inspire listeners to find room to bloom no matter how big or small their outside space, gardening tips and tricks and plant-themed playlists. And there’s a brand new podcast on BBC Sounds, Let It Grow with Liza Tarbuck.

BBC Director of BBC Children’s and Education, Patricia Hidalgo said: “Environmental initiatives are essential. Not only are they important for educational purposes, there is great fun to be had too! When it comes to Let it Grow, everyone can get involved. Whatever the space available – from front or back gardens, balconies, window ledges or driveways – there will be advice on how to Let It Grow in all kinds of places and communities. We can’t wait to see children across the country exploring the amazing world of nature around us all.”

Helen Thomas, Head of Radio 2, said: “Following Radio 2 Goes Green in 2022 and our Big Bee Challenge project in 2021, we are continuing our commitment to nature initiatives in 2023 with the launch of Let It Grow. We’re inviting the Radio 2 family of presenters and listeners to connect with nature and find inspiration in any space, large or small. I can’t wait to hear Liza‘s unique take on gardening on our new podcast and hope that Let It Grow will encourage everyone across the UK to get planting.”

The initiative will also be supported across the BBC’s platforms, from Blue Peter to BBC Teach, while On Radio 2, the whole network will be getting behind Let It Grow with inspirational programming from Monday March 27 to Sunday April 2.

Launching today, Let it Grow is a collaboration between BBC Children’s and Education and BBC Radio 2 to help everyone transform grey spaces into wild and colourful places.

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