Good Morning Britain’s Alex Beresford hits back after protest criticism

Just Stop Oil targets Chelsea Flower Show

Alex Beresford, 42, took to Twitter this morning to criticise Just Stop Oil protestors after they threw paint over displays at the Chelsea Flower Show garden. 

The Good Morning Britain star argued that destroying the garden was “not the right way to make a point”.

The weather presenter subsequently received some backlash from his followers, but he was not afraid to defend his opinions on the subject.

In view of his 239,400 followers, the ITV star shared a Twitter post from Just Stop Oil, which included a video of the protestors spraying orange paint all over a beautiful green garden. 


“What good is a garden if you can’t grow food? Millions are starving in the Global South whilst our government ignores the climate crisis, choosing to licence 100 new oil and gas projects.”

In response, Alex wrote: “Many of the gardens at the show are donated to hospices, community gardens and schools, which is sustainable and brings much joy to those who receive them who might be going through a really difficult time. 

“Not every event is an opportunity to throw paint,” he added.

However, not everyone agreed with the presenter, as one user named Ben wrote: “You’d think a weatherman would understand the urgency.”

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“I do!” Alex replied. “However there are many forms of protest.”

Another user agreed with the star, commenting: “This form of protest that destroys an installation that one or more than one person probably worked on for months is the most counter productive campaign ever. 

“It’s dumb, it’s contemptuous, and it harms individuals but does NOTHING to achieve the aims it’s supposed to.” (sic) 

“Any better ideas?” Ben responded to both of them. 

Alex then wrote: “Gardens increase biodiversity which is also part of the solution to protecting the planet and our future, so I’m not sure destroying plants and flowers is the right way to make a point?”

At the Chelsea Flower Show today, three women climbed over a rope barrier and threw orange paint at a display minutes before they were sprayed with a hose.

As a form of protest, they smothered the RBC Brewin Dolphin Garden, designed by award-winning plantsman Paul Hervey-Brookes.

Shortly afterwards, Metropolitan Police officers arrested the women, named by JSO as Stephanie Golder, 35, Naomi Goddard, 58, a retired landscape engineer, and Rosa Hicks, 28, for criminal damage.

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