Gardens Group and Orchard Park garden centres back Titchmarsh charity event

Alan Titchmarsh will be presenting an evening of gardening prose, poetry and anecdotes at an event sponsored by The Gardens Group to raise money for the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF).

Titchmarsh is also being supported by Gillingham-based Orchard Park, with the two garden centre businesses joining forces to help ABF The Soldiers’ Charity raise as much money and awareness as possible.

The event will be held at the Crown Hotel in Blandford on Thursday 19 November at 7pm.

Mike Burks, managing director of The Gardens Group, said: "It is always a pleasure to support such a worthy cause, so we’re absolutely delighted to be involved in this high profile local event that will shine a spotlight on the fantastic work done by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. We’re really looking forward to giving Alan Titchmarsh a warm welcome to Dorset and listening to what I’m sure will be a fascinating talk."

Titchmarsh said: "I have always loved Dorset, it evokes many happy memories for me, family holidays spent away from the pressures of life, with its Jurassic coast line, timeless landscape, historic old towns, magnificent gardens, ale and the tales of Hardy. It is a great pleasure to be returning to support a particularly special charity, which is close to my heart. As Commissioner of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Home of the Chelsea Pensioners, I have the pleasure of meeting many a distinguished old soldier who has served the nation, therefore it is a pleasure to help all of the volunteers involved in Dorset ‘do their bit’ for such a worthwhile cause. I hope to see many gardening enthusiasts there."


Tickets cost £20 per person, which includes refreshments, and are available from Blandford, Sherborne and Dorchester Tourist Information Centres, as well as ABF The Soldiers’ Charity’s office in Exeter on 01392 496412 or at

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