Undoubtedly one of Britain's most recognizable gardening experts, Alan is probably most famed for his appearance on the popular TV series Ground Force. He has also fronted the equally popular Gardeners' World, The Great British Village Show, Love Your Garden, Britain’s Best Garden, The Alan Titchmarsh Show and Masterpiece. Alan’s talents also extend to radio where he presents on Classic FM. He has been named Gardening Writer of the Year and writes regularly for such publications as Gardeners World Magazine, The Daily Mail and Radio Times.
A Yorkshireman through and through, Alan was brought up on the edge of Ilkley Moor. Leaving school at fifteen, he completed an apprenticeship in gardening at a local nursery before going on to study at horticultural college and the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew.
Alan began his working life as a professional gardener before moving into the media. He became a household name while presenting the hugely popular television programme Ground Force and has also been the lead presenter on BBC television’s Gardener’s World. Other TV credits include; How To Be A Gardener, British Isles – A Natural History, The Great British Village show, The Nature of Britain and Love your Garden.
Alan hosted his own daytime show, The Alan Titchmarsh Show on ITV for eight years. The highly popular series featured celebrity guests, topical conversation, music and information on the arts. He followed this with Masterpiece, a unique game show, taking place in some of the country’s most impressive stately homes and sees teams of antique and history enthusiasts competing in a variety of challenges and Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh.
His talents also extend to radio where he presents on Classic FM.
As a writer, Alan has produced numerous books on gardening, is a regular columnist in BBC Gardener’s World Magazine, Country Life, The Daily and Sunday Express and The Sunday Telegraph. He has also written a Christmas Anthology, nine novels, four volumes of memoirs and a miscellany celebrating England and Englishness!
Aside from his day to day work, Alan is Patron or President of over 50 charities, is Vice President of the Royal Horticultural Society and has served as Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Hampshire.
Numerous honours and accolades include; an MBE, the Victoria Medal of Honour, the highest award the British gardening world can bestow, being voted Yorkshireman of the Year 1979 and being immortalised in wax for Madame Tussaud’s.