Alan Titchmarsh is to step down from presenting the BBC’s Chelsea Flower Show
coverage, it has been announced.
The veteran gardener and TV presenter has hosted the BBC’s programming on the
world-famous flower show for 30 years, but will not take part in next year’s
It is not known exactly why he has parted ways with the corporation, but a
spokesman for the BBC told the Press Association: “The way the Chelsea
coverage will be presented across the BBC has changed for 2014, and Alan
decided to step away from next year’s show.”
The newsreader Sophie Raworth and Monty Don, the host of Gardener’s World,
will be joining the 2014 team, which also includes the designer Andy
Sturgeon, gardening expert Toby Buckland and presenter Nicki Chapman.
In a statement, Titchmarsh said: “I really enjoyed my 30 years of
presenting Chelsea Flower Show coverage for the BBC and wish the new team
Sixty-four-year-old Titchmarsh was the face of BBC2’s Gardener’s World for six
years until 2002. He currently hosts an ITV chat show as well as a regular
slot on Classic FM.
Alison Kirkham, the head of commissioning for factual features at the BBC,
said: “We’re incredibly proud to be covering the RHS Chelsea Flower
Show again this year. It is a much anticipated event for many and a real
inspiration to all the passionate gardeners in our audience.”
It is thought that Titchmarsh will still be involved in the Chelsea Flower
Show, which attracts over 157,000 visitors each year. This week, he was
named as the first ambassador for the Royal Horticultural Society, which
organises the show. He will use the role to try and promote horticulture as
Sue Biggs, RHS director general, said that Titchmarsh would be “working
with us at our shows, in schools, at events and through the media to
encourage a new generation of talented horticulturists”.