Shepherd's Bush is an area of west London in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.
The original garden, adjacent to Television Centre
, was designed by Percy Thrower in 1974.
Its features include an Italian sunken garden with a pond, which contains goldfish, a vegetable patch, greenhouse and viewing platform. George the Tortoise was interred in the garden following his death in 2004, and there is also a bust of the dog Petra, sculptures of Mabel and the Blue Peter ship, and a plaque in honour of Percy Thrower.
When the programme’s production base moved to Salford MediaCityUK in September 2011, sections of the garden, including the sculptures and the sunken pond, were carefully relocated to the piazza of the new studio facility.
Percy Thrower and John Noakes in the Blue Peter Garden, 1975
Although it is primarily residential in character, its focus is the shopping area of Shepherd's Bush Green, with the Westfield shopping centre lying a short distance to the north. The main thoroughfares are Uxbridge Road
, Goldhawk Road
and Askew Road
, all containing a large number of small and mostly independent shops, pubs and restaurants. The Loftus Road
football stadium in Shepherd's Bush is home to Queens Park Rangers F.C.. In 2011, the population of the area was 39,724.
The district is bounded by Hammersmith to the south, Holland Park
and Notting Hill to the east, Harlesden to the north and by Acton and Chiswick to the west. White City forms the northern part of Shepherd's Bush. Shepherd's Bush comprises the Shepherd's Bush Green, Askew, and White City wards.