Tune in tonight to see a Wisbech family have their garden transformed by Alan Titchmarsh

17:35 12 August 2014

Alan Titchmarsh

Alan Titchmarsh

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TV gardener Alan Titchmarsh will be on our television screens tonight to transform the garden of a former Wisbech soldier who lost a leg on his last tour of Afghanistan.

The Love Your Garden show is on ITV at 8pm.

The make over team spent five days in Barton Road working at the home of Luke Simpson and his family.

While the family was away, the crew moved in and its mission, which included a designer patio and a cottage-style shed, was accomplished. The show is tonight Mr Simpson was in the Royal Engineers when he was injured in an explosion three years ago. He was flown to a hospital in Birmingham where he had to have his left leg amputated.

Since then, Mr Simpson has had to rebuild his life and health with the support of his wife Jackie.

A spokesman for the show said: “He’s always been a keen gardener but since the incident he’s struggled to get the head start he needs to create the cottage garden of his dreams. So Alan and the team rise to the challenge.”

The team spent long days working at the couple’s home and at night stayed at the Rose and Crown Hotel in Wisbech.

Love Your Garden was first broadcast in 2011 but since the second series has worked on transforming the gardens of people described as “deserving them the most”.

In the Wisbech episode, Titchmarsh spent time filming at Peckover House and gave a masterclass on the rose.

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