Alan Titchmarsh, 71, is 'indignant' at being labelled vulnerable

Alan Titchmarsh, 71, claims he’s ‘fitter than people in their 40s’ and is ‘indignant’ at being labelled vulnerable during COVID-19 pandemic

  • Alan Titchmarsh, 71, admitted he’s disgruntled with being labelled ‘vulnerable’  
  • Yorkshireman is isolating at home with Alison, his wife of 45 years, in Hampshire
  • The gardener and TV presenter claimed he’s ‘fitter than people in their forties’
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Alan Titchmarsh has admitted he’s disgruntled with being labelled ‘vulnerable’ amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 71-year-old is isolating at home with Alison, his wife of 45 years, in his four-acre property in Hampshire.

But the gardener and TV presenter has insisted that the vulnerable category should not be judged on someone’s age, but rather how healthy they are. 

Speaking to The Times, he said: ‘There are people in their forties less fit than I am. I think really it should be judged on your medical history rather than on your number.’

Alan Titchmarsh (pictured in 2019) has admitted he’s disgruntled with being labelled ‘vulnerable’ amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Alan, who turned 71 on 2nd May, added that he finds himself ‘indignant’ to be in a group branded ‘vulnerable’.

The presenter will soon be back on our small screens with a new ITV show, Grow Your Own at Home with Alan Titchmarsh. 

The lockdown programme has been filmed in his home, with wife Alison filling the role of camera operator.

It’s aimed at people who have gardens, as well as those who only have window boxes to use.

And the Yorkshireman has insisted that it’s possible to cultivate floral displays, no matter how tight your space is, saying planys will grow ‘on your doorstep’.  

The 71-year-old (pictured before the lockdown) is isolating at home with Alison, his wife of 45 years, in his four-acre property in Hampshire

‘All they need is water and light and a suitable temperature, and they will grow. It’s when we c*** it up they don’t grow, he said. 

During the UK’s lockdown, Alan campaigned for garden centres to be allowed to re-open to save millions of plants and get Britain blooming again. 

He and the Horticultural Trades Association warned that hundreds of nurseries and growers would go bust and seasonal plants worth £200million would otherwise be wasted by the end of June if they were not reopened.

Alan even made a written plea to the Government for them to reopen before the season is over and businesses fold.

But after being shut down on 23 March, it is expected that garden centres in England will be able to reopen from Wednesday May 13, with social distancing measures in place.

The TV presenter said he was ‘relieved’ that the government finally understood the important of garden centres, and hoped the ‘move has not come too late to ensure the survival of many British growers’.

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