Byw yn yr Ardd
Two years ago Russell Jones was a familiar face around Rhosgadfan near Caernarfon
as he leisurely rode around on his bike. Today, he’s a familiar face around the
whole of Wales as one of the likable presenters of Byw yn yr Ardd.
his fans, young and old, can get to know the longhaired gardener better as he
publishes his autobiography, Gwyrdd fy
Myd, translated as My Green World.
The first in a new series by publishers Gwasg Gwynedd, Nabod (Know) is a series
of bright, colorful books full of photographs allowing the reader to get to
know a well known personality better through their words and others.
kind but different and unique boy who seems to have been born in the wrong
century and doesn’t belong in this technological and electrical era! A chickens
man more than anything, he manages to turn any discussion to a discussion about
chickens,” is his fellow Byw yn yr Ardd
presenter, Bethan Gwanas’ opinion of Russell. In the book we also get a chance
to hear other people’s opinion on the man himself as friends, family and old
school teachers share their memories and stories about Russell.
been a privilege to have had a chance to talk to people who’ve known Russell
since he was a small plant himself!” says Mared Lewis who spent many hours in
Russell’s and his family’s company in Rhosgadfan before capturing their works
in the book.
Russell Jones’ life is very different from what it was, having had a new
career, fallen in love, married, moved house and had a son! So, what better
time for him to share his life story with the rest of the world?
not now! There are so many people that want to know more about me, and so many
who haven’t had the chance to speak to me, so it’s important for me to have something
down on paper - so that anyone can read about me!” says Russell.
infectious enthusiasm and eagerness to encourage everyone to get out into their
gardens or rear chickens is clear. But this book not only offers a chance to
hear about Russell’s childhood, it also offers an insight into the root of his
love for everything green as well as when the seed of his enjoyment of
gardening was sown. It also gives Russell a chance to go on his soapbox and
voice his opinions on a range of issues. From the Welsh language to gardening,
cleaning, cars, religion to hair – Russell has a strong opinion on everything!
We also learn about his fondness of knitting, his love of cerdd dant and his
unique habits which include having to hear the sound of a vacuum cleaner to
sleep as a baby!
talk about things which I agree and disagree with hoping to highlight things
that effect us on a daily basis. As long as I get people thinking and put a
smile on their face, then I’ve succeeded in what I wanted to do. Because, at
the end of the day, having fun is the main thing,” says Russell.
he started presenting Byw yn yr Ardd
Russell has shared his fun with a number of clubs, societies and branches of
Merched y Wawr all over Wales. As well as discussing his role as a presenter
and his love of gardening, he also shares his passion for chickens, many of
which accompany him on his visits!
if he had to choose between his garden and his beloved chickens, which one
would win the day?
chickens! It’s nice to be able to sit down at the end of the day and watch them
and the little chicks that I rear. And I also love to compete with them in
shows,” says Russell categorically before hesitantly adding, “But it’s also
nice when you can grow something yourself in the garden. Being able to sit down
for a meal that you’ve grown yourself is quite an achievement. It’s too close
to call – but if I had to choose, I think the chickens would come out on top!”
garden and the chickens get their time in the spotlight in this interesting
book as we learn more about one of the warmest, friendliest characters in