An Australian TV crew has spent two weeks filming in Northern Ireland for the popular weekly show Garden Gurus. Organised by Tourism Ireland, in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, the crew shot footage in Lady Dixon Garden, the Palm House in Belfast’s Botanic Gardens, the National Trust’s Mount Stewart and Rowallane Gardens, Crom Castle in Fermanagh as well as visitor attractions such as the Giant’s Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.
The result will be two half-hour programmes which will be broadcast in February and March 2009 on Nine Network Australia, as well as on regional channel NBN Television, with viewership figures in excess of 1.5 million.
Judith Cassidy, from Tourism Ireland’s office in Sydney, said: “We are delighted that Garden Gurus chose to film in Northern Ireland this year. This is a fantastic opportunity to highlight and showcase the very best of Northern Ireland – from its natural attractions such as the Giant’s Causeway to the award-winning gardens of Mount Stewart and not forgetting its strongest asset, the warm welcome of the local people.
“Last year, Northern Ireland welcomed 57,000 visitors from Australia and New Zealand. With exposure on popular TV programmes such as this, we look forward to welcoming even greater numbers of Australian visitors to Northern Ireland in the coming years.”
Elaine Moore/Clair Balmer, Tourism Ireland
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