Sissinghurst (2009)

Sissinghurst Castle

Sissinghurst Castle © BBC

BBC documentary charts the changes to one of Kent’s iconic gardens.

Director: Claire Whalley 
Production Company: BBC
This new BBC reality programme charts the proposed changes to the Sissinghurst Castle Gardens. The property was the home of writer and artist Vita Sackville West and her husband Harold Nicholson. Together they created the iconic gardens which attract visitors from all over the world.
Sarah Raven and Alex Nicholson with the Film Crew

Sarah Raven and Alex Nicholson with the Film Crew © BBC

Following Vit’s death in the 60’s, the property was donated to the National Trust who has looked after the gardens ever since. However, the donation was made on the proviso that the family descendants were able to live in the grounds.

It is the latest heirs, Adam Nicholson and garden designer Sarah Raven, which are proposing radical changes to the grounds, including the addition of a vegetable and fruit patch to supply the restaurant with produce and reintroducing a working farm to the estate. Their plans are not well received by everybody.

There are 10 ‘garden rooms’ each with its own distinctive style, such as the White Garden which only comprises plants in different shades of white, gray and green, making Sissinghurst unique and world renowned.

Sissinghurst is shown on BBC 4 every Sunday from 8pm.


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