He has bright pink hair, is on the spectrum, and is transforming gardens across the country

 

Alan mirrorAlan Gardner is “a gardener”, literally, as he reminds us at the beginning of his Channel 4 programme. He is the autistic gardener, no less — a man with neon pink hair and fingernails, and a brain wired to create amazing gardens.  The second series of The Autistic Gardener is back on Saturdays at 7pm and instead of working with trainees to rescue boring gardens, as he did in the first series, this time he’s going solo.

Sand and vision… beach hut works on so many levels

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FROM the outside it doesn’t look much — a beach hut like any other, if a little smaller. Inside, it’s a different story, with two underground floors featuring a sitting room and children’s playroom.

Colin Furze, 37, spent 12 hours digging 8ft down with a pal on Six Marshes Beach, near Skegness in Lincolnshire. ‘I go to the beach every year with my family and we always dig a big hole, so I came up with the idea of an underground beach hut,’ said Mr Furze.

Saviour of the urban garden: His autism has given him a uniquely quirky take on horticulture – and Alan Gardner uses it to wage war on soulless back yards

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Alan Gardner has something Charlie Dimmock and Monty Don simply don’t. And it’s not his trademark pink hair and matching nails, although his maverick appearance gives you a clue. 

It’s Alan’s autism that gives him the uniquely quirky horticultural skills that have helped him create off-the-wall garden designs inspired by jet engines, wind turbines, symmetrical flower petals and even mathematical sequences.

Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s new book: The Power of Balance

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An accessible and inspiring guide to good health from the star of BBC1’s Doctor in the House

The Power of Balance: The Revolutionary Four Step Plan for a Longer and Healthier Life by Dr Rangan Chatterjee is to be published on the 4th of January 2018 (Trade Paperback, £16.99).

Dr. Rangan Chatterjee is a pioneer in the emerging field of progressive medicine and is changing the way that we look at illness. He is renowned for finding the root cause of people’s problems by taking a 360 degree approach to health, which was highlighted in his ground-breaking BBC One TV series, Doctor in the House, that gained him much acclaim from both the public and doctors. His new series will air on Monday 15th May over the course of four weeks.

In The Power of Balance, Dr Rangan Chatterjee presents us with a simple framework for taking control of our health. He divides health into four pillars: diet, rest, sleep and movement. By making small, easily achievable changes in each of these key areas you can find and maintain good health – and avoid illness. You don’t need to excel at any one pillar; what matters is the balance across all the things you do, from:

  • Having an electronic ‘sabbath’ once a week
  • Aiming for 12 hours every day without food
  • Exposing yourself to sunlight first thing each morning

Dr Rangan Chatterjee says: “I’m thrilled to be publishing my first book with Penguin Life and I really do believe that this has the power to change people’s lives. We have over complicated health – I aim to simplify it. The Power of Balance will provide a mixture of cutting edge science, personal anecdotes as well as case histories to help empower people to regain control of their health.”