Can you Keep a Secret?
Alan's Garden Secrets, a new four part series on some of Britain's most outstanding gardens started this week.
The first programme aired on BBC2 on Tuesday night and featured the fantastic gardens at Hatfield House. In future weeks Alan will visit Stowe, Biddulph Grange and Sissinghurst to demonstrate changes in garden design over the centuries.
Unfortunately, for those of you who are fans of his garden tools there is not a spade or fork in sight!
By Royal Appointment
Those royalists amongst you cannot fail to have noticed Alan Titchmarsh's interview with HRH The Prince of Wales. Alan was quoted as saying "I just wanted people to see another side to him. What was interesting was the whole production team came away saying, 'what a nice man'."
Alan escorted HRH around his impressive gardens at Highgrove in Gloucestershire. Highlights include the yew alley, wildflower meadow and wonderful stumpery filled with a national collection of Hostas.
Did Alan recommend a certain brand of garden tools? We'd all like to think he did!
Made in England
Bulldog Tools, manufacturers of the Alan Titchmarsh Garden Tools range have long been proud of their British manufacturing heritage. Bulldog have now been making garden tools in Wigan, England for over 230 years (we can't even guess how many this is in dog years!).
Their British manufacturing status has now been recognised on the 'British Made for Quality' website. BMFQ campaign to keep manufacturing in Britain, highlighting ways in which the decline in British manufacturing can be halted and lobbying politicians to support the country's manufacturing industry.
You can visit the British Made for Quality website at: www.bmfq.co.uk/
Alan - Guest of Honour
Horticulturalist Christine Walkden who writes for Quality Garden Tools website has been awarded an honorary doctorate degree by Whittle College at the University of Essex.
The ceremony took place at Chelmsford Cathedral and our favourite daytime tv presenter, Alan Titchmarsh was guest of honour.
This week saw the launch of Bulldog's American website www.claringtonforge.com a site dedicated to selling British made Bulldog Tools on the other side of the Atlantic.
Was it a coincidence that Prime Minister David Cameron has also been in the USA this week? Is he a fan of Bulldog Tools? Does he even use garden tools? Hopefully we will know the answers to all these questions soon, but in the meantime if you live in America and want to buy great British garden tools check out the new website!