Monty Don: Gardeners’ World presenter hits back at hypocrite claims over plastic use

Monty Don criticised by lawn expert David Hedges Gower

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Monty Don has been slammed by a social media user after appearing to go back on his word. It comes after the Gardeners’ World star promoted the use of no plastic in the garden before appearing to use it again.

The best way to cut down on plastic use is to reuse it as much as possible

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Just three years ago, Monty, 65, pledged to cut down on the amount of plastic that was used on the hit BBC programme, admitting that the show uses far too much non-recyclable material.

He did admit at the time that he wasn’t sure the programme would be able to become completely plastic-free but was eager to use as little as possible.

Speaking to BBC Gardeners’ World magazine, he said: “I am going to try and drastically cut down on the amount of plastic we use in the garden,” he later admitted that he wasn’t going to put a complete ban on plastic.

Just three years ago, Monty, 65, pledged to cut down on the amount of plastic that was used on the hit BBC programme, admitting that the show uses far too much non-recyclable material.

He did admit at the time that he wasn’t sure the programme would be able to become completely plastic-free but was eager to use as little as possible.

Speaking to BBC Gardeners’ World magazine, he said: “I am going to try and drastically cut down on the amount of plastic we use in the garden,” he later admitted that he wasn’t going to put a complete ban on plastic.

Now a Twitter user has slammed Monty for the use of plastic despite his previous plans to use it as little as possible.

Taking to Twitter, one viewer penned: “@TheMontyDon @GWandShows a few years ago you were promoting gardening without plastic, which was great.

“Now you are using all plastic, seems strange going back to plastic when the world is trying to reduce/cut it out completely.”

Monty however was less than impressed as he responded: “The best way to cut down on plastic use is to reuse it as much as possible. Treasure it!”

It comes just days after Monty was branded ‘uneducated’ by Lawncare Association’s David Hedges Gower.

Monty had previously said that “cutting grass burns lots of fossil fuel, makes a filthy noise and is about the most injurious thing you can do to wildlife,” to which David said was “wrong”.

The lawn consultant later said that he and Monty will never be friends and that Berlin-born Monty isn’t educated enough in the subject.

Speaking on the Horticulture Week podcast, he was asked if the duo could ever be friends.

David responded: “I don’t think we will ever be mates, there’s somebody who is very passionate about lawns and somebody who doesn’t like them very much at all, I don’t think we’d have anything to talk about in the pub, let’s be fair.

“I get very frustrated when people aren’t particularly educated in lawn care and come out and probably do damage to a point.”

He went on to add that people would be more likely to listen to Monty than himself.

Adding fuel to the fire, David encouraged Monty to keep his “mouth shut” and “carry on” with his “brilliant presenting”.

It’s not the first time The Royal Horticultural Society tutor has been stung by one of Monty’s comments.

David claims that the presenter was left unimpressed with a picture he tweeted in 2016.

He told The Telegraph: “I tweeted a picture of my daughter Tara’s lawn which I sowed with a mix of native fescue, bentgrass and dwarf ryegrass. Monty commented, ‘That’s just a manicured lawn’. There were no chemicals used and I haven’t mown it yet.”

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