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Daffodils funded by The Great British Bake Off team are in full flower

The Great British Bake off planted 45,000 bulbs in the park. Picture: Ron Jeffries on iWitness24 The Great British Bake off planted 45,000 bulbs in the park. Picture: Ron Jeffries on iWitness24

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
3:15 PM

The Great British Bake Off funded the cost of purchasing 45,000 daffodil bulbs to be planted outside Valentines Mansion in Valentines Park, Emerson Road, Ilford.

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The daffodils were planted outside the mansion, where the popular BBC show has pitched its tents. Picture: Ron Jeffries on iWitness24The daffodils were planted outside the mansion, where the popular BBC show has pitched its tents. Picture: Ron Jeffries on iWitness24

The daffodils came into full flower this week, after they were planted in front of the mansion last autumn.

Ron Jeffries, 81, of Spearpoint Gardens, Aldborough Hatch, took photographs of the daffodils on his birthday this week.

“It brightens the place up considerably,” he said.

“It was an absolute picture, the glory of the spring”.

The daffodils have come into flower after they were planted last aututm. Picture: Ron Jeffries on iWitness24.The daffodils have come into flower after they were planted last aututm. Picture: Ron Jeffries on iWitness24.

The bulbs were purchashed after the location was used during filming.

The popular BBC show pitched their tents outside the mansion for eight weeks to film the most recent series.

The mansion has been praised for being the “perfect backdrop” to the programme.

Melissa Brown, from Love productions, who made the series, said previously: “The house is beautiful and the well kept flower beds, surrounding gardens and park helped make a perfect backdrop for the “Bake Off” marquee and filming”.

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