Alan Titchmarsh Biography

I'll be playing a mix of popular and classical music that I love, and hope that my listeners will enjoy it too.

Alan Titchmarsh MBE VMH DL was born and brought up on the edge of Ilkley Moor in Yorkshire.

He left school at 15 and became an apprentice gardener in the local nursery, followed by training at horticultural college and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. After a spell as Supervisor of Staff Training at Kew he became a horticultural journalist, before becoming a freelance broadcaster and writer. Alan has written almost 40 gardening books. His six novels have also been best sellers along with his memoirs. Alan has appeared on radio and television both as a gardening expert and as an interviewer and presenter.

Alan’s TV credits include: BBC2's 'Gardeners' World'; 'Ground Force', which at its peak pulled in 12 million viewers; 'How To Be A Gardener'; 'The Royal Gardeners'; 'British Isles - A Natural History'; '20th Century Roadshow'; and 'The Gardener’s Year'.

Alan Titchmarsh is a Freeman of the City of London. He was appointed MBE in the 2000 New Year Honours list, and a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Hampshire in 2001. In 2004 he was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's highest accolade - the Victoria Medal of Honour - for outstanding services to horticulture. The VMH is held by no more than 63 recipients at any one time. He is a patron or president of more than 35 charities and organizations, as well as being the founder and trustee of Alan Titchmarsh's Gardens for Schools, which makes grants to primary schools for gardens and nature areas.

Speaking about his Radio 2 show, Alan says: "I'm delighted to have a regular spot on Radio 2 having contributed to the station intermittently over the last 30 years. I'll be playing a mix of popular and classical music that I love, and hope that my listeners will enjoy it too. I'm aware of the special nature of Sunday nights on Radio 2, and hope I can add to that."

Music has always played an important part in Alan’s life. As a young boy he sang treble in the church choir. He first walked the boards as an actor with the Ilkley Players, and as a young man he joined the Ilkley Amateur Operatic Society. He has appeared in productions of Oklahoma! and The Quaker Girl and took on leading roles in many Gilbert and Sullivan operettas including Sir Joseph Porter in HMS Pinafore and KoKo in The Mikado.

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