The Best of the Spring Festival on S4C

21 May 2014

The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society's Spring Festival is Wales's main event for smallholders, gardeners and those with an interest in sustainable living. But don't worry if you didn't make it to the Festival this year; you can catch the highlights of the two-day festival on S4C.

Join Brychan Llŷr, Russell Jones and Eirlys Rhiannon at the Festival. From the pigs’ section to the vintage machinery displays, the poultry competitions, ideas on how to make our lifestyles more sustainable at the Green Horizons Exhibition and the horticultural displays – you can see it all on Gŵyl y Gwanwyn 2014 on Saturday, 24 May on S4C.

Every year thousands of people visit the Festival at the Royal Welsh Showground in Llanelwedd, but this will be the first time for professional gardener and new presenter Eirlys Rhiannon to visit the event.

"This will be my first time at the Spring Festival and it's going to be fantastic!" says Eirlys, who's originally from Cardiff but lived in London, Bristol and Vancouver for years before she returned to Wales ten months ago. Since she read a book at the age of 23 which explained you can grow broccoli in your back garden, Eirlys has been interested in flowers, vegetables and plants of all types, and is passionate about growing food and sustainable living. She now runs her own gardening company in Cardiff called Eating Our Gardens.

"I can't wait to see all the flower exhibitions and to see what types of vegetables will be on show this time of year. I'll be keen to speak to the gardeners as well to hear their stories. I want to know what sort of relationship they have with their plants and what inspired them to roll up their sleeves and start growing vegetables.

"It's the perfect time of year to be inspired in the garden," says Eirlys. "Make sure you watch to get some tips and ideas and then you too can go out into your garden and see it through new eyes. And if, like me, you haven't been to the Festival before then you can enjoy it all for the very first time!"

While Eirlys looks round the horticulture section and offers advice on how to get the best from your garden and become self-sufficient, Brychan Llŷr will be enjoying the competitions and highlights.  Russell Jones will visit the poultry competitions and examine the impact of recycling on our daily lives.

In addition, the programme will also show the folk dancing, the Open Dog Show, livestock competitions, show jumping, vintage crafts and much, much more.

Gŵyl y Gwanwyn 2014
Saturday 24 May 8.00pm, S4C
Website: s4c.co.uk  On Demand: s4c.co.uk/clic
A Boom Pictures Cymru production for S4C