Alan Titchmarsh, 72, in U-turn over plans to ‘slow down’ with work despite vow to family

Alan Titchmarsh shows off his cyclamen hederifolium plants

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Alan Titchmarsh, 72, has become one of the nation’s favourite gardeners thanks to his role on ITV’s Love Your Weekend, as well as numerous other gardening television programmes. However, the TV star acknowledged that his busy schedule has raised some concerns amongst his loved ones.

Alan explained that despite his family’s worries that he has been working too hard, he could not completely give up doing what he loves.

He said: “My family keeps saying to me, ‘You shouldn’t be working as hard as you do’.

“So I’ve told them I’ll try to slow down.

“But the problem is I love what I do. I must try to get the balance better, but I love it.

“I’m not knackered of an evening either. I used to get more shattered when I was doing the chat show in the afternoon, and that was 10 years ago now.”

The star added to of his wife’s concerns: “I think Alison is anxious that I don’t overdo it, but she’s very understanding too.”

Alan also addressed his lack of retirement plans after a lifetime of sharing his gardening knowledge with Britons.

He stressed he has “never” thought about retiring after finding “a sense of purpose”.

The TV star added: “Why would I retire and have to find something to interest me and fill the day?

“I’ve got a sense of purpose and reason to get up in the morning, that’s the greatest gift of all.

“But I do consider myself very lucky to still be on the screen at my age.”

However, Alan previously suffered a health scare which left him needing emergency surgery and raised concerns over his well-being.

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It happened in April 2016 when the presenter began having chest pains at his Isle of Wight home.

His wife, Alison, was the one who called the emergency services before he was airlifted to the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.

Speaking to The Sunday Post about the terrifying experience, Alan said: “I hoped I wasn’t going to die, and I was hanging on in there.

“But the pain was so acute at one point I thought it might be a blessed relief.”

Alan added: “At first, I thought it was indigestion, as I know that can give you chest pains, but it didn’t wear off.

“I didn’t know what was wrong and although I didn’t think it was a heart attack, because the pain wasn’t going down my arm, it was frightening.”

He went on to recount how by the time the emergency services had arrived, he was in “absolute agony”.

It was “every bit as agonising as a heart attack”, he added.

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