Monty Don: Gardeners’ World host speaks out on new move ‘Interesting to be involved’

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Gardeners’ World host Monty Don received a certificate through the post today from the Food and Agriculture Organization at the United Nations. The 65-year-old horticulturist has been named as a Special Goodwill Ambassador promoting the importance of protecting plant health.

Taking to Twitter today, Monty proudly shared a picture of his certificate online.

Beside the image he wrote, in view of his 199,400 followers: “This came today.”

“2020 is the UN designated year of plant health – which is ironic – but it will be interesting to be involved in the coming year to promote the importance of protecting plant health as a vital tool in fighting hunger and poverty.”

The document designates the gardening expert as a United Nations FAO Special Goodwill Ambassador for the International Year of Plant Health for the Europe region.

“Does it just drop on the mat without prior warning?” one follower asked in the comments section of his post, adding: “You must feel honoured and burdened in one and the same moment.

“In reality it seems an extension of what you’ve been doing all along,” the message continued.

In 2018, Monty was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to horticulture, to broadcasting and to charity.

“You taught many of us how to raise the health of our gardens’ environments, so I can’t find anybody better suited for this mission,” a second follower added.

Others took to the micro-blogging site to congratulate the TV star on his achievement.

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One social media user wrote: “Well done, that’s a challenging role. I’m sure you’ll relish the opportunity though. More than ever, we’re needing to encourage people to engage in doing their bit to protect, and enhance, our environment. Look forward to hearing about it in the coming year.”

Another added: “Congratulations, it is well deserved.

“You do so much to help people understand the wellbeing gardening brings. You could say amongst all of the plants you set the seeds and grow new gardeners.”

Gardeners’ World continues tonight at 9pm on BBC Two.

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