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BBC gardening presenter Peter Seabrook dies aged 86 of suspected heart attack

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BBC gardening presenter Peter Seabrook has died of a suspected heart attack aged 86. Peter from Chelmford in Essex broadcast regularly on Gardener's World and wrote about gardening as well as exhibiting at the famed Chelsea Flower Show.

His daughter Alison Seabrook Moore said he was 'working at full throttle until the end' according to the BBC.The Royal Horticultural Society also issued a statement saying: "We are very sad to hear that one of the greatest champions of horticulture, Peter Seabrook, has died."Peter had the most incredible career in horticulture and exhibited at RHS Chelsea Flower Show for decades and was regularly at RHS events, Gardens and Flower Shows.'Peter studied at Writtle College in Essex before broadcasting in 1965 and beginning as guest host of Gardener's World in 1976 .He was also a regular face presenting on Pebble Mill at One and the Chelsea Flower Show and was gardening correspondent for The Sun for over 40 years.He lobbied the Houses of Parliament up until November last year, campaigning against the use of peat in commercial horticulture.He also cared for his wife Margaret, who had Alzheimers.His son and daughter wrote: "He leaves a big gap in our lives.

We are grateful that he was able to live a long and active life, pursuing what he loved right up to the end."The messages of appreciation that have come from people who worked with him - some going back many years and some very recent - are overwhelming.'Matthew Appleby, editor of Horticulture Week, who announced his death said: "The whole of horticulture will be shocked and saddened by this news."Peter was the most respected and the greatest gardening writer of his time and will be much missed."

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