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Alan Titchmarsh visits our retirement homes in Baldock, Herts

The legendary broadcaster shared gardening tips at the official opening of our new assisted living housing development for over 70s in Hertfordshire.


Baldock retirees were delighted to welcome Alan Titchmarsh MBE to help celebrate the Grand Opening of Norton Place Retirement Living PLUS development for the over 70s. He led a demonstration on planting in cold weather and winter bedding before the ceremonial ribbon cutting.

Guests at the event, including homeowners and their friends and family, spent time getting to know Alan in the beautiful lounge over a glass of fizz and canapés.

Alan Titchmarsh gives his best tips for planting in the winter

From his early days as a gardener at the Royal Botanic Gardens to his stellar radio and TV career, Alan is one of the country’s best loved broadcasters. Aged 74, he continues to grace our screens on shows such as Love Your Garden and Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh.

Alan says: “I was delighted to be invited to Norton Place for the Grand Opening. It was so wonderful to meet with all the homeowners and their guests, and an absolute joy to be a part of the celebrations here in Baldock.”

Alan Titchmarsh talks through winter planting at Norton Place

Sam Watkins, Divisional Sales Director at McCarthy Stone, added: “The opening was a fantastic occasion and our guests thoroughly enjoyed meeting Alan and hearing his top tips when it comes to winter gardening. On behalf of the team and our homeowners, we’d like to say a huge thank you to Alan for making it such a memorable experience.

“Norton Place provides a unique brand of retirement living in the local area with independence and community at its heart. With a wealth of social activity on offer and a friendly Estate Management team on-hand, homeowners and their families can enjoy the peace of mind that everything is taken care of, and help is nearby should they ever need it.”