A TV gardener and presenter has been announced as the new president of a Hampshire gardening trust.

Hampshire Gardens Trust is delighted to announce that Alan Titchmarsh MBE, has become its new President,

taking over from Gilly Drummond OBE, who has been President since 2010.

The Hampshire Gardens Trust Chairman, Ted Wake said: "Alan is one of the most respected and popular gardening gurus in the UK, and the Hampshire Gardens Trust is very fortunate that he has signed up."

He added: . I would like to take this opportunity to thank Gilly on behalf of all members for her extraordinary work over the years.

"Her energy and enthusiasm sets a great example of what can be achieved - and with Alan's help, I have no doubt that the HGT Trustees and members will be able to make Gilly very proud of the legacy that she has left."

Alan Titchmarsh, who joined as a Life Member of the Trust in 2012, said: “My admiration for the work of the Hampshire Gardens Trust - and of Gilly Drummond’s achievements - knows no bounds and I am honoured and delighted to take over from her as President.

"Gilly has set the bar high, but I am confident that the Trust will continue to make its mark and demonstrate that the county of Hampshire is among the most blessed when it comes to the gardens it cherishes and the expertise and enthusiasm of those who do their bit as custodians of our enviable horticultural heritage. I’ll do my best to come up to scratch.”