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  • Published: 26 April 2018
  • ISBN: 9780552175319
  • Imprint: Corgi
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $32.99

My Life on a Hillside Allotment




A heartwarming, delightful memoir from the man who has kept an allotment in Wales for over fifty years, and been adopted by The Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2.

Terry Walton has kept an allotment in the Rhondda Valley in South Wales for over fifty years. He started when he was four, helping on his father's plot on the side of the mountain, cutting bracken and collecting sheep manure to feed the vegetables. He was farming his own plot at eleven and he went on to build an allotment empire, selling his vegetables and flowers to local customers. The proceeds paid for his first car, a canary yellow Ford Popular, when he was just seventeen. Then, in 2006, after half a decade of happy gardening, Terry's allotment was adopted by the Jeremy Vine Show and he became an unlikely media star.

In this absorbing and entertaining memoir, Terry documents how the valley has changed over the years, his own conversion to organic gardening, and the colourful characters he meets; insterspersing his anecdotes with topical tips, family recipes and quirky line drawings.

My Life on a Hillside Allotment is the perfect read for gardeners, allotmenteers and anyone who loves the great outdoors.

  • Pub date: 26 April 2018
  • ISBN: 9780552175319
  • Imprint: Corgi
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $32.99

About the Author

Terry Walton

Terry Walton was born in 1946 in the Rhondda, and has lived in South Wales all his life. He has gardened on the same allotment since the age of four. Terry's 'working life' was spent for the most part with a local company, where he became managing director. When he retired he was able to focus on his allotment where he was discovered by Radio 2's Jeremy Vine Show team. Terry gives updates live from his hillside plot every fortnight. He is also on the Jamie & Louise show on BBC Wales Radio once a month in studio, BBC Radio Hereford & Worc once a month live from the allotment, and makes appearances on Channel 4 Super Scrimpers to give his gardening tips.

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Praise for My Life on a Hillside Allotment

“Every time he appears on the programme we feel that life is worth living. He has that power to lift your spirits.”

Jeremy Vine


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