Celebrity garden designer Chris Beardshaw is to be an ambassador for the Royal Horticultural Society.

Gardeners’ Question Time expert Chris, a regular on The Beechgrove Garden, will have a remit to promote community gardening.

Chris joins Alan Titchmarsh, Mary Berry, Nick Knowles, James Wong and designer Adam Frost who are already champions of the Society.

He’ll promote activities such as the annual RHS Britain in Bloom competition.

Chris said community gardening projects and competitions “create friendships in streets where people didn’t even say hello” and “make brighter, more beautiful places to live”.