Horticulture Week Podcast: 'Skinny Jean Gardener' Lee Connelly on his plan to get kids gardening, the 'peat mafia' and how he'd run the RHS

Matthew Appleby and Lee Connelly
Matthew Appleby and Lee Connelly

This week's guest TV gardener and podcaster Lee Connolly joins the Horticulture Week Podcast to talk about his Schools Gardening Success Plan which aims to help every primary school in the country run a school gardening programme by 2025.

Skinny Jean Gardener Lee talks passionately about this aim which he puts above the ego-boosting TV work, which includes stints on CBBC and an educational slot on David Attenborough's Green Planet series.

HortWeek editor Matthew Appleby and Lee discuss the heated topic of peat in horticulture and speculation (aired on Lee's own podcast) of the existence of a 'peat mafia' holding back moves to peat-free. 

He tells of his "joke" application for the position of RHS director general, a position he warmed to as the application progressed, as well as his hopes to showcase a balcony garden at this year's Chelsea Flower show.

An enthusiastic networker, Lee also outlines the work he has done with BALI as well as exploits in Japan and the Gardening World Cup.

And as flared trousers threaten a comeback in men's fashion, he vows never to give up his skinny jeans and chooses his Desert Island Plant.

Podcast presenter: HW editor Matthew Appleby

Producer: HW digital content manager, Christina Taylor

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