Our Award winning garden designer Chris Beardshaw is heading off to New Zealand to create the largest exhibition garden ever seen in the 15-year history of the Ellerslie International Flower Show in Christchurch.
It is considered the equivalent of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in New Zealand, with over 100 exhibitors and 30 gardens. Chris has been invited by the organisers to produce a quintessentially English Garden for this year’s event.

Chris is renowned for his formal English garden designs, having won nine Gold and Silver Gilt Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) medals. Chris is delighted to be attending the Ellerslie Show for the first time.  He said, “This show has a great reputation internationally.  Our garden is not only the show’s largest ever exhibit but it is the largest show garden I have ever created too.”

Watch Mike on the One Show tonight 18th January as he goes searching for Basking Sharks in the deep dark sea!

BBC 1 7pm

As the whole of the British Isles faces up to what is now the coldest and “whitest” winter for decades, our wildlife is forced to endure huge challenges.

As we struggle to cope, how does nature survive and adapt? The Springwatch/Autumnwatch team and friends have been out investigating what the big freeze really means for our wild animals.

Snow Watch, a specially-commissioned winter wildlife special, will report from wildlife hotspots around the UK, discussing who are the winners and losers, and offering advice on what we can do to help in our own gardens.

Tim Scoones, Executive Producer, says: “We are delighted to be able to report on what could be one of the most difficult periods our native wildlife has faced in years.

“We have fascinating stories pouring in from around the country about how our wildlife is trying to cope, and how wildlife enthusiasts are doing their best to help.”

Join our Martin Hughes-Games with Chris Packham, Kate Humble, Simon King and all the team for up-to-the minute reports, insight and analysis.

Viewers can contact the team with their own wildlife stories, photos or videos from the big freeze through the website, bbc.co.uk/autumnwatch.

Snow Watch is on BBC Two at 8.00pm on Wednesday 13 January 2010

Watch Mike Dilger all this week beginning 11th January  from 11am onwards on BBc 2’s Nature’s Calandar.

Mike in his botanist capacity is assisting presenter Chris Packman and two other experts -earth scientist Janet Sumner and Zoologist Sanjida O’Connell out and about showingyou the best in British wildlife.

Shot in beautiful locations around the country, the series offers tips ion where to go to spot some of the most rare and interesting animals, birds, trees and flowers across the UK.