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Alan Titchmarsh’s highly successful garden makeover programme “Love Your Garden” is back. Last year Alan helped people across the country whose gardens had suffered as they coped with life’s challenges, building them a brand new outdoor space.

Now Alan is looking for more deserving and inspirational people who, through circumstances beyond their control, haven’t been able to look after their garden which is now in desperate need of a transformation. They could have been hit by tragedy, given up all of their time for others or be one of Britain’s un-sung hero’s.

Now Alan is looking for veterans and service personnel to be nominated for the show who would benefit from a garden transformation. Nominees could have given up their time for others, been hit by tragedy or be one of Britain’s un-sung heroes whether they’re a volunteer, fundraiser, or a veteran of some description, be it in the Army, Navy, RAF or Royal Marines.

Love Your Garden has transformed the garden of indididuals from the military in all of their previous series in recognition of their service to our country, including veterans who were in P.O.W camps in WWII, to Gurkha’s,

Alan and the team surprise a 93-year-old veteran from WW2.

Jack King was a Japanese prisoner of war on the infamous Thailand Burma railway. He is now a widower and wants to revive the beautiful garden he shared with his wife Audrey. Jack is also a passionate painter who longs to access the studio he built himself at the end of his garden. Sadly this garden has become a no go area for Jack.

The team work hard to create a beautiful garden full of happy memories, art and a stunning new studio that Jack is able to access easily.”

Alan and the team head to Canterbury to meet an outstanding soldier Gurkha Hari Budha Magar (36) and his young family.

Despite tragically losing both his legs in the Afghanistan war in an IUD incident, Hari remains focused on helping others. Most recently, the selfless hero made the journey to Cumbria to help pensioners whose homes were hit by this year’s terrible floods.

Although he thinks nothing of going out of his way for others, his own garden has remained a challenge he can’t manage. So his friends and colleagues asked Alan and the team to help. With Hari’s Nepalese homeland in mind, they transform his awkward, overlooked corner plot into a colourful private sanctuary for the whole family. So popular is this young Gurkha even Joanna Lumley pops up to wish him well.

The makers of Love Your Garden are also accepting nominations for their sister show ‘Love Your Home and Garden’ which involves home and garden transformations. We are looking for selfless individuals who, through circumstances beyond their control, find themselves in a home that doesn’t suit their needs. Perhaps it’s now too small or the wrong shape for them or their family, or a change in circumstances mean that they haven’t been able to look after it and it is now in desperate need of adapting.

Whatever the story, if you think a garden created by Alan himself could help them or be a fitting way to say “thank you” then please contact Alan’s team with a completed application form with a description of the person you are nominating to one of the following methods:


BY POST: Love Your Garden PO BOX 64382 LONDON EC2P 2G

Application found via website:

Comments on Do you know someone who needs or deserves a brand new garden?

There are 3 comments on Do you know someone who needs or deserves a brand new garden?

  1. Comment by Jennie Morrison-Cowan

    Jennie Morrison-Cowan


    We are veterans who live in a sheltered housing association consisting of 32 flats with individual gardens and community gardens. Sadly the individual gardens for the ground floor flats are on a slope so older people cannot climb up to keep them properly. The community gardens still have the very old and sometimes diseased shrubs and trees. There is nowhere where we can sit out and enjoy the gardens in our old age. We are all veterans from the RAF our eldest being 97 and our youngest 64.

    We desperately need help and we thought we would try and look at what needs doing ourselves but it is such a big task we would value some help to get going. Is this something Alan could help us with.

  2. Comment by Helen Smith

    Helen Smith

    There is a lady I use to work with as a carer her name is Love and her name describes her perfectly. She has also been a foster carer for many years. She recently retired. She keeps her home wonderful but I know she would love a garden that her foster children would be able to enjoy.
    I hope and pray Alan can help her. Thank you.

  3. Comment by Murray Hammick

    Murray Hammick

    We have received a number of suggestions about garden projects which could benefit from Alan’s help. In some cases the letters include many personal details – which we do not publish without having confirmed that the sender wishes us to do so.

    Up to now The Military Times has not been in a position to actually do anything about recommending any specific proposal other than to draw attention to the application website as given in the article. However we do get quite a number of such requests and will therefore contact Alan’s team to see if they will allow us to pass on such proposals and, with the permission of all involved, report to everyone on progress as relevant.

    We hope that this helps – but until we confirm that this has been set up, may we again recommend that you apply via the link in the article?

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