Former Isle of Wight high sheriff Alan Titchmarsh opens the cobnut plantation at Brading Roman Villa, with, trustee of friends of the villa John Hardy, president elect of Sandown Rotary Chris Davis and president Gerry White.
TELEVISION presenter Alan Titchmarsh gave his green-fingered seal of approval to Brading Roman Villa’s new cobnut plantation.
The former Isle of Wight High Sheriff officially opened the 250-tree plantation — funded by a £5,000 donation from Sandown Rotary Club and additional funding from the Friends of Brading Roman Villa — on Saturday.
The plantation, created as part of the Roman Landscape Project, is part of the red squirrel pathway across the Island, with the intention of harvesting the cobs to sell in the villa shop.
When he officially opened the plantation, Mr Titch-marsh, an ambassador for the national Red Squirrel Survival Trust, said he hoped the red squirrel population would flourish there.
The celebrity was also given a tour of the villa, which included the British Museum’s new eyebrow-raising exhibition of Roman erotica, which features The Warren Cup, a silver chalice decorated with images of homosexuality.
Chairman of the Oglander Roman Trust, Anthony Turnbull, presented Mr Titchmarsh with a unique British Museum book about the Warren Cup.