Alan Titchmarsh urges gardeners to avoid doing one thing every Sunday

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TV gardening icon Alan Titchmarsh has made a heartfelt plea to the nation's gardeners.

At 75 years old, Alan is renowned for his work on BBC's Gardeners' World and Ground Force, as well as presenting ITV's Love Your Garden and Love Your Weekend. With his extensive knowledge of horticulture, his advice might be worth considering for those with a passion for their gardens.

He's calling on people to refrain from mowing their lawns on Sundays in pursuit of tranquillity. In an article for BBC Gardeners' World magazine, he expressed his belief: "I believe profoundly there should be at least one day in the week when we could go out into our gardens and experience a bit of peace and quiet."

Alan lamented the scarcity of silence in our gardens, saying: "It's clear to me the rarest thing in any garden is silence," and shared his personal practice: "It appears to be the one commodity money can't buy. I was worried I would sound holier-than-thou when I explained that I never use power tools on a Sunday."

The beloved TV personality is advocating for a break from noisy gardening equipment like leaf blowers and strimmers on Sundays. He suggests that embracing the quiet allows us to appreciate the natural sounds around us, such as birdsong and the whispering of leaves, fostering a deeper connection with nature, reports the Mirror.

This message aligns with the plant charity Plantlife's No-Mow May campaign, which encourages gardeners to leave their lawns uncut throughout May. The initiative aims to support crucial pollinators like bees and butterflies by allowing them to thrive on wildflowers such as daisies and buttercups, which are essential for sustaining the broader ecosystem.

Gardening expert Monty Don has suggested to the Radio Times that allowing grass to grow could be the most effective way to encourage wildlife, particularly insects, into gardens.

Insect populations have seen a decline of up to 60% in the past two decades, with their extinction rate globally being eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. This is concerning for our ecosystems as insects play crucial roles such as providing food for other creatures, pollination and nutrient recycling.

Speaking to the Express in 2015, Alan Titchmarsh noted that many insects in our gardens are either beneficial or harmless. "Plenty of them are content just to nibble a little bit here and there," he said.

"Some are beneficial, such as ladybirds, or are pretty, such as butterflies and bees, so we usually turn a blind eye to them. It's the ones that leave plants in tatters that get our collective goat."

Traditionally, Sundays have been considered quiet days for people to enjoy their homes, with construction work typically restricted to weekdays and Saturday mornings. Many local authorities recommend that DIY work at home should only be carried out from Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm, to maintain peace.