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Best Known For Ground Force and various chat shows. Early Life Alan Fred Titchmarsh was born on May 2, 1949, in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. His love of gardening began while helping his grandfather on his allotment. He left school at 15 with an O-level in art and worked as an apprentice gardener at Ilkley Parks Department while studying for a City & Guilds in horticulture. He then studied at Oaklands College, Hertfordshire, before gaining a diploma at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew.

Career Titchmarsh moved into editing gardening books, writing and broadcasting, and after a stint as a host on Pebble Mill at One on BBC1 in the 1990s, he joined Gardeners' World as the main presenter in 1996, and Ground Force began a year later. He's also hosted The Alan Titchmarsh Show and Love Your Garden.

Trivia Happily married to Alison, with two grown-up daughters, Polly and Camilla.

series Quote "I am partly to blame for the decking boom, and I am sorry, I know it's everywhere these days."

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Jun 21, 2014
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