A Chester family whose garden was described by Alan Titchmarsh as ‘one of the ugliest’ he had ever seen have had it and their home transformed thanks to a new ITV show.
Richard and Ann Price from Acres Lane in Upton have devoted their lives to helping others, fostering almost 20 children over the years and doing other charitable missions - Richard has been a volunteer for The Samaritans for more than 40 years and Ann trains guide dogs for the blind.
And because of this, their home has taken a back seat over the years, with the ground floor resembling ‘a corridor of rooms with no connection to the garden’.
Realising they needed a green-fingered makeover, Richard’s colleagues at The Samaritans called on gardening guru Alan Titchmarsh to help the Price family on his show Love Your Home and Garden, which sees an expert team completely transform a home in need of refurbishment.
Previously known as Love Your Garden, the show brings in architects, builders and gardeners to turn run-of-the-mill homes into jaw-dropping places to live.
Claire Jutla of production company Spungold TV who make the show, said: “Instead of a relaxing sanctuary at the end of a tiring day, the ground floor resembled a corridor of rooms with no connection to the garden.
“In addition, Alan believed the garden to be one of the ugliest he has ever seen. A giant patio dominated the space, having been built to accommodate the puppies Ann trains,” she explained.
In the episode featuring the Price family, Alan and his team are seen getting to work on the outdoor space while award-winning project designer James Stroud is tasked with transforming the interior by demolishing the conservatory and utility room to reconfigure the ground floor and create a calming open plan space.
Chester building company Hartley and Parry also played a big part in the transformation and did the bulk of the building work in record time.
Ben Parry from the company told The Chronicle: "We had a tight time scale but completed it in 7 weeks, me and my team worked tirelessly to finish the project to and extremely high standard.
"We helped the team find suppliers and we provided pretty much all the labour for the extension side of things."
The episode featuring the Price family will be screened tonight Wednesday, September 13, at 8pm.