From TV show ‘DIY SOS’ to the classroom for garden-design expert

INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION -- landscape gardener Jamie Hurt with students at Bulwell Academy.
INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION -- landscape gardener Jamie Hurt with students at Bulwell Academy.

A landscape gardener jumped fresh from an appearance on a hit TV show into the classroom to inspire students at Bulwell Academy.

Jamie Hurt called in on year-nine pupils to help with them with their information and communications technology (ICT) projects.

He showed them how ICT is used in garden design, explaining the basics and giving the youngsters the opportunity to develop their own skills.

Jamie, who runs the Hucknall-based company, Jamie Hurt Landscapes, paid his visit to the Squires Avenue academy only days after taking part in the long-running BBC show, ‘DIY SOS’, with Nick Knowles.

“It was a lovely project, which encouraged creative thinking and design development” said Alison Bingham, the academy’s director of business and enterprise.

“Students were challenged to design their own gardens, using the guidance from Jamie, who was on hand to make sure they got it right. He will return to the classroom to judge the top three student gardens, which will be placed on display in the ICT area for all to see.

“The students thoroughly enjoyed meeting Jamie.”

Jamie’s appearance on ‘DIY SOS’ was to help a family from Loscoe, near Heanor in Derbyshire, whose son has cerebral palsy. He worked ten 12-hour days to help create a special garden for them.

“It was fantastic to be involved with the show,” he said. “To get the chance to give something back was worth every second.”