Alan Titchmarsh is a well known broadcaster, gardening expert and author. Over the last forty years Alan has written more than fifty gardening books, several books on the countryside and other subjects as varied as The Queen’s houses and a Christmas anthology. He has also penned three volumes of memoirs. In 1998 he wrote his first novel – Mr MacGregor. Another nine novels followed and all ten have made the Sunday Times Bestseller List. Television programmes such as Songs of Praise, Gardeners’ World and the record-breaking Ground Force (12 million viewers) have established Alan as a household name.
Alan initially started his career as an apprentice gardener in a nursery in Yorkshire. He began broadcasting on BBC Radio 4 in 1977 and subsequently on Radio 2 with a Saturday morning slot called Down to Earth. His first television appearance was on BBC Nationwide in 1979 offering gardening advice.
As a journalist Alan has written for such diverse publications as Amateur Gardening, BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine, Homes and Gardens, Country Life, The Daily Mail, Daily Express, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph.
He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire, the recipient of four honorary degrees, a Vice-President of the Royal Horticultural Society and a holder of the society’s highest award – the Victoria Medal of Honour. He was appointed High Sheriff of The Isle of Wight in 2008-9 and is president or patron of more than fifty charities.