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Toby Buckland

by Adam Pasco

As soon as news broke last Wednesday that Toby Buckland had been chosen as the new main presenter of Gardeners' World I tracked him down on his mobile to get his reaction.

Toby BucklandAs soon as last Wednesday that Toby Buckland had been chosen as the new main presenter of Gardeners' World I tracked him down on his mobile to get his reaction.

Toby was filming in Ireland for Gardeners' World - for a special on the 'peat issue' due for transmission in the new year.

"I'm really honoured", he told me. "It's daunting. I have such respect for all the main presenters who have gone before, especially Geoff, Alan and Monty. They all followed their passions, and made Gardeners' World their own. I'm hoping to do that, too".

So, what sort of gardener is Toby? "I'm a very practical person, and a practical gardener", he replied. "I've always loved Geoff Hamilton and his style of gardening. He really inspired me to get out into my own garden at the weekend, and I want to inspire people in the same way. I've gardened professionally as well as in my own back garden, so I have a wide range of views, opinions and experiences to share".

I've always found Toby incredibly friendly and open. He says he'll bring accessibility to the programme, and I agree. His articles and ideas in Gardeners' World Magazine in the past have always been accessible and achievable - things anyone could do - and we're looking forward to working even more closely with Toby and the programme in future, too.

Reading the comments in response to my previous blog, it's no surprise that Carol Klein has received such praise from her fans, some of whom were disappointed that she wasn't given the job of main presenter. She is so enthusiastic on TV, and equally passionate when you actually meet her.

Having spoken to our colleagues at BBC Birmingham I know that a lot of audience research of was undertaken prior to reaching the final decision. As with all important appointments such as this one, there were bound to be varying opinions at the outcome. However, I think Toby, Carol, Joe and Alys will make a great team and I can't wait to see the new series, which returns on Friday 12 September 2008.

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Gardeners' World Web User 19/08/2008 at 13:36

There has never been a female presenter. Carol Klein would have been ideal.

Gardeners' World Web User 19/08/2008 at 14:57

Don't know where BBC Birmingham did their 'lot of audience research'. Having never missed Gardener's World, I never heard any requests for viewer's opinions. Hope Chris Beardshaw and Carol weren't passed over. Never heard of Toby. On his visit to Gardener's World he seemed pleasant but time will tell if he has the personality to make the program his own. Please may we have the names of the plants shown on the screen?

Gardeners' World Web User 19/08/2008 at 17:56

I have been really enjoing Gardeners World not having a main presenter and the role being shared. I have also very much enjoyed the much higher presence of female presenters and I do especially adore watching Carol Kleine, I do hope that she still has a main role in the new programme. I look forward to watching Tony and wish him luck , I will watch with interest where he leads the programme in the future.

Gardeners' World Web User 19/08/2008 at 20:16

Oh I so wanted Chris Beardshaw, he would have so cheered up my Friday nights!! He would of been a lovely start to the weekend!

Gardeners' World Web User 19/08/2008 at 20:19

Congratulations to Toby Buckland for his new appointment as our new " Head Gardener". I look forward to watching him and all the team over the coming months as they inspire us to get out there !

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