RADIO gardener Joe Maiden, whose sage advice has informed a generation of horticulturists in Leeds, has died following a long battle with prostate cancer, the BBC has announced.
On the air in West Yorkshire for more 40 years, Mr Maiden also wrote for magazines and books, filmed for TV and was active and influential in Yorkshire’s horticulture community.
He was awarded the Harlow Carr medal by The Royal Horticultural Society for his growing, lecturing and exhibitions of vegetables
Mr Maiden, who was most often heard on his Sunday morning programme on BBC Radio Leeds, was born in Penrith and educated at Askham Bryan College in York.
He is survived by a wife, two children and three grandchildren.