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TV gardener Don at literary event

Monty Don
Don said he was fine and recovering well

Television gardener Monty Don has made his first public appearance since suffering a minor stroke six weeks ago.

He told an audience at the Hay Festival in Hay-on-Wye that he was enjoying "pottering around" at home and intended making a full recovery.

Don, 52, from Ivington, Herefordshire, also spoke on subjects including food production and climate change at the literary festival.

He has stopped presenting Gardeners' World as a result of his illness.

When asked about his health, he told the audience: "I'm fine actually. I'm fine and recovering well.

"I can't do regular... you know what TV is like with 12 hour days. I'm very happy to take that burden off me."

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