This weekend, we were at the Woburn Abbey Garden Show. You may recall that we were invited to do some filming there last year, and were pretty blown away by the place. We’ve been to many garden shows all over the country, but Woburn Abbey is something else.
Each year, the event grows a little, changes slightly, and this year was no different. New to 2019 was a space called The Good Life Connection; an area which aims to encourage people to live a healthier lifestyle, by adopting a more mindful, seasonal and a more sustainable approach. This had Agents of Field written all over it, and we were thrilled when they asked us if we wanted to do some talks.
Situated in an idyllic corner of the garden, surrounded by huge trees strung with bunting, the Good Life Connection space had a dreamy festival vibe, and ‘The Potting Shed Stage’ was a work of art!
The new area also included The Field Kitchen, where chef Rachel Green gave cookery demonstrations, and there were also some lovely chickens (courtesy of the British Hen Welfare Trust – they’re definitely the next stop on the Agents of Field good life journey!) and some adorable pigs (courtesy of Petpiggies).
We arrived at the crack of dawn to set up, dashed off to do some filming, before racing back to The Potting Shed just after eleven to talk to the audience about living ‘the good life’. That was followed by more filming, then it was back to The Potting Shed at lunchtime to give a botanical gin-flavouring demonstration, showing our lovely audience how easy it is to flavour gin with fruit, vegetables and herbs you might have growing at home. They were very receptive, particularly to the home-infused raspberry gin we gave them all a little taster of!
After that, we caught up with the ever-debonair James Alexander-Sinclair, had a lovely long chat with Pippa Greenwood about our new life in Suffolk (she is a complete delight!) and Ade was chuffed to bits to show Adam Frost photos of his new kitchen garden.
Adam gave it his seal of approval, so Ade is one very happy bunny.
All in all it was a fabulous, if exhausting day. If you’ve never been to the show, we can’t recommend it highly enough. Make it a date in your diary for next year.