BBC's Garden Rescue to return to screens this month – but with a big shake-up set to divide fans

BBC's Garden Rescue will be back on-screen this month – but it's not all good news for fans of the show.

Host Charlie Dimmock will be joined by new arrivals, garden designers Lee Bukhill, Flo Headlam and Chris Hull as the horticultural series makes its return on May 24.

While there will be fresh faces galore, with Lee arriving in the first episode and Flo and Chris joining from episode seven, some fan favourites are set to exit.

While Arit Anderson and the Rich brothers, Harry and David Rich, will appear in the new season, this will be their last.

The BBC confirmed the trio had "decided to leave the programme" after this year.

New host Lee Burkhill said: "It’s really exciting to be joining the Garden Rescue team and to have the opportunity to inspire the public with fantastic designs and gardening tips."

Flo, a former Gardeners' World host, added: "I am very excited to be joining the Garden Rescue family and am looking forward to adding my horticulture flavour and having some fun with the other designers."

Chris, who is trained in ecology and conservation, said: "It’s fantastic to be joining the team and a great opportunity to make an impact to people’s lives, through fun and creative garden design."

Previously the Rich brothers said it was their crushes on former Ground Force favourite Charlie which initially sparked their interest in gardening.

Harry and David set out to make gardening trendy but have become quite the eye candy in the process.

Harry says modestly: “We don’t see ourselves as pin-ups but we are pleased we are making gardening more appealing to younger generations.

“Being young, people are always surprised when they find out what we do for a living.”

Both brothers live with their long-term girlfriends, who find their heartthrob status “hilarious”.

The lads now work alongside their own childhood crush, 50-year-old Charlie, who shot to fame on Ground Force in 1997.

In 2016, she first teamed up with the brothers on BBC1’s Garden Rescue.

In 2019 they were joined by new presenter Arit Anderson, an actress who switched from fashion bunny to gardener.

New episodes of Garden Rescue will air on BBC One from Monday 24th May at 3.45pm as well as on BBC iPlayer.


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