Alan Titchmarsh, 71, who has a four-acre garden in Hampshire with wife, Alison, has explained what disruption pets can cause in a garden. The Garden Force presenter revealed he taught their two yellow labradors to not step on flowerbeds. He added that cats can’t be trained and that gardeners would need to make it more difficult for them to wreak havoc in the garden.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Titchmarsh said: “You’ve got to learn to live with them.
“I have a wildlife garden and you can’t choose your wildlife, it chooses you.
“In terms of pets, we used to have yellow Labradors and we trained them not to walk on flowerbeds and they didn’t.
“They wouldn’t put a foot in a flower bed.
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“Cats, you can’t. It’s always next doors that comes and uses yours.
“You’ve got to live with it or make it more difficult for them.”
As garden centres begin to reopen under strict social distancing rules in the UK lockdown, Britons are beginning to exercise their green thumbs.
The practice has been hailed for its wellbeing benefits as well as a good source of exercise.
Alan Titchmarsh revealed he taught their two yellow labradors to not step on flowerbeds
Mr Titchmarsh added: “It puts people back in touch with reality, the real world of nature.
“It’s a reminder that this is what sustains us all, body and soul.
“To be able to be a part of it in what has been lovely Spring weather, it’s been a good time to be confined to the garden.
“There’s a great sense of optimism in the garden even if we’re having our trials and tribulations with humanity.”
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Britons have been urged to not meet one other person from outside their household in their garden.
Matt Hancock told BBC Breakfast: “It’s not necessarily more safe than meeting in a park.
“We said that should only happen in public places.
“For instance, a lot of people can only get to their garden by going through their house, and being with people indoors is not as safe as outdoors, and so that is why we have come to this judgment.”