‘Time we got fresh air!’ Alan Titchmarsh slams lockdown ‘Much safer outside than inside’
30th March 2021

GMB: Alan Titchmarsh discusses social distancing

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Alan Titchmarsh MBE joined Susanna Reid and Ben Shepherd on Good Morning Britain today to discuss his new show Spring Into Summer. During the interview, the presenters were keen to find out whether Love Your Garden would be returning anytime soon after social distancing and the several lockdowns stopped filming from occurring last year. Luckily for fans, the English gardener returns to help people up and down the nation turn their backyard spaces into places of paradise from tomorrow and he expressed the importance of getting outside for not only your physical but mental health too. 

Since Love Your Garden began, Alan would be seen knocking on a stranger’s door and surprising them with a garden renovation. 

He would usually head inside for a cup of tea and a chat before discussing what they would like to see in their outdoor space. 

The team would then arrive and the owner would head out to not spoil the big reveal and the transformation would get underway. 

But, with social distancing still in place, some changes have had to be made to filming the 2021 series. 

Alan told Susanna and Ben: “I knock on the door, I step back and then I walk round the back and into the garden and meet them there – that’s what we’re having to do! 

“The great thing about social distancing, it’s much safer outside than it is inside. 

“And when we were trying to get the garden centres open during the first lockdown, that was the point we were making; we can do the protocols outside even more successful than they can in supermarkets. 

“We do all need to be careful, but I think it’s time we allowed ourselves a good bit of fresh air provided our friends and neighbours are two metres away,” he added. 

Alan was also asked his opinion on a mowed lawn vs a wild lawn and which is better for wildlife. 

He confessed having both is the best way to please your mental health, need for order and too meet aesthetics as well as doing your bit for nature. 

“Our gardens are full of exotic plants from foreign countries which are still good for British bees,” he told the presenters. “I have a flower meadow but I also have a striped lawn.

“Gardens do two things… one, most importantly, they’re brilliant for wild fly. Secondly, they’re also good for our well-being.

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He continued to say: “I find that a small piece of striped lawn does me a power of good. It’s excellent for my mental health.

“So I share it with the wildlife and I enjoy it myself as well and that’s my take on it.” 

As for what Alan’s new show offers, Spring Into Summer is set in the heart of Hampshire and sees him celebrating the great outdoors. 

From farming and animal life to what, where and when to plant for the coming year. 

Alan will also be on hand trying out the best countryside pursuits to tips on how to get the most from our outside space. 

Viewers will tune in to see him joined by a celebrity guest each will and they will be getting involved in some of the planting, nature features and food tastings.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV and Spring Into Summer episode one is available to watch on ITV on Monday 5 April at 8pm. 

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