Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A Garden Fit for a Hero

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A Garden Fit for a Hero

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THERE'S a lot to be said for the winning combination a trowel and spade, a few hardworking volunteers - and Alan Titchmarsh. The ever-cheerful gardener is back with a new series of this greenfingered version of DIY: SOS.

Each week Alan surprises someone with an inspiring story (and a neglected garden), before transforming the space into something you might see at the Chelsea Flower Show.

And it's all surprisingly emotional as you discover you're suddenly sobbing over a hanging basket of geraniums or vegetable patch.

"I believe that every garden has the potential to be beautiful, you've just got to give them a little love," says Alan, who's like a benevolent gardening wizard.

The first broken backyard belongs to Mark Ormrod, who in 2007 became the first British triple amputee to survive the Afghanistan conflict after having both legs amputated above the knee and his right arm amputated above the elbow. …

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