COTSWOLD gardens seem to be proving popular after a film and book project featuring four of the best, sold more than 25,000 copies.

Westonbirt Gardens, Bourton House Gardens, the Painswick Rococo Garden and Abbey House Gardens, home of the Naked Gardeners, all feature in film maker Martin Gaunt’s The Heart of a Garden, which has just been awarded a gold disc to celebrate its massive UK sales.

The film is narrated by Richard Briers, from The Good Life, and has delighted viewers with its winning mix of local flora and fauna and inspiring stories.

What is more, with a new Tesco deal around the corner, the team behind the DVD are on target to reach sales of 50,000 before the end of the year.

The beautiful images of gardens around the Cotswolds strongly encourage tourism in the region and a high percentage of the DVD’s sales have come from overseas from countries including Australia, South Korea and New Mexico.

Martin Gaunt said: “The Cotswolds has proved to be our most popular title – partly because of the worldwide recognition it so rightly receives but also because of the fabulous characters behind those gardens featured in the film.

“The Heart of the Garden is all about people enjoying gardens and we are incredibly fortunate in the Cotswolds as all the gardens featured have a rich vein of character running through them.

“It is this combination of natural beauty and personality that really makes them stand out.”

For more information on the gardens featured in The Heart of a Garden, visit theheartofagarden. com.