Monty Don: Gardeners’ World host hits back at criticism for weighing in on farming debate

Monty Don shows off flooding in his garden in 2020

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Gardeners’ World presenter, Monty Don, 65, has hit back at Twitter criticism after he weighed in on a farming debate and branded the agricultural practice of hedgerow cutting “disrespectful”. The horticultural expert was told that he could only comment on the issue if he “became a farmer”, to which the broadcaster pointed out that he has in fact been a farmer for nearly two decades.

I am a farmer and have been for the past 15 years

Monty Don

After retweeting a picture of a trimmed hedge, which one Twitter user described as “hedgerow savagery”, Monty branded it “careless, so disrespectful and so stupid” for his 209,500 followers to see.

But one user hit back at Monty’s assertion that the cutting back of hedges, where wildlife live, was wrong.

They simply wrote: “Become a farmer…then comment”.

However the gardening presenter was quick to fire back at the incorrect statement.

He quipped: “I am a farmer and have been for the past 15 years”. His tweet was liked more than 50 times.

Other social media users chimed in, agreeing with Monty’s sentiments and backing up the BBC favourite.

One wrote: “I hate to see hedges treated like this. Such unnecessary damage to the hedge and to wildlife habitat.

“The shards spray all over the road, endangering paws and hooves, as well as tyres. All to save a bit of time and money.”

Another agreed: “Many farmers would not do this to their hedges. But there’s far too many that do.

“It’s an act of wanton vandalism. Some of these hedgerows are hundreds of years old.

“It’s incalculable the amount of damage poor agricultural practice has done to our wildlife.”

Just days ago the favourite BBC presenter criticised the decision to cut down hedges after spotting a Twitter user’s post showing “a flurry of hedgerow savagery”.

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Monty pointed out the damage the act can potentially inflict on wildlife.

The gardening enthusiast shared an image which showed a hedgerow that had been cut into ahead of the March deadline.

The best-selling author has released a series of short BBC videos titled How to Cut a Hedge and How to Trim Hedges to inform gardeners.

Elsewhere, the horticulturalist previously spoke about the importance of organic farming, alongside Prince Charles in the 1990s.

Despite being branded a “sub-hippy” after he aired his views, the gardener revealed how happy he is now that his way of thinking surrounding farming has become “mainstream”.

Speaking exclusively to the Daily Express, he said: “I was a voice in the wilderness.

“I was ­considered sub-hippy, a privileged ­irrelevancy and now organic is in the ­mainstream.”

He added: “I take no sense of vindication in this – I am delighted; organic gardening is not a cult, we are looking after the natural world and human health.”

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