Mr Rotavator Steve Brookes arrives at court to face a string of voyeurism charges

  • Celebrity gardener Steve Brookes, 55, admitted a string of voyeurism charges
  • Accused of seven counts of spying on tenants living above his £500,000 home
  • The former BBC gardening expert became known as 'Mr Rotavator' in the 1990s
  • He won a Royal Television Society Award in 2000 for his series Growing Plants

By Sam Tonkin For Mailonline

Published: 06:21 EST, 11 January 2017 | Updated: 11:41 EST, 11 January 2017

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Guilty: Steve Brookes has admitted a string of voyeurism charges after spying on tenants living in the flat above his £500,000 home Guilty: Steve Brookes has admitted a string of voyeurism charges after spying on tenants living in the flat above his £500,000 home

Guilty: Steve Brookes has admitted a string of voyeurism charges after spying on tenants living in the flat above his £500,000 home

A former BBC gardening expert has admitted a string of voyeurism charges after spying on tenants living in the flat above his £500,000 home.

Steve Brookes, 55, had been accused of watching lodgers 'doing a private act knowing that the person did not consent to being observed for your sexual gratification'.

The celebrity gardener pleaded guilty to seven counts of spying on tenants living above his £500,000 property between November 2015 and September last year.

He is due to be sentenced this afternoon. 

Brookes, from Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, became known as 'Mr Rotavator' in the 1990s for his work on educational Channel 4 shows and visiting schools to encourage horticulture. 

The grandfather, who has worked for the BBC since 1993 as a gardening expert, broadcast live from the Chelsea Flower Show last year.

He won the Royal Television Society Award in 2000 for his series Growing Plants and was chairman of Stratford's In Bloom project until earlier this year.

Brookes regularly presents The Greatest Gardening Tips in the World stage show and travels the world as a celebrity lecturer on cruise ships.

On his website, the celebrity is described as 'fun, charismatic and popular' with 'an enthusiastic approach and subtle humour'.

Brookes lives with his 54-year-old partner Stephanie Lester. He has three grown-up children and five grandchildren.

On his website, the gardening expert boasts of keeping 40 finches, an aquarium and 150,000 honey bees at his home. 

Accused: The celebrity gardener pleaded guilty to seven counts of spying on tenants living above his £500,000 property between November 2015 and September last year Accused: The celebrity gardener pleaded guilty to seven counts of spying on tenants living above his £500,000 property between November 2015 and September last year

Accused: The celebrity gardener pleaded guilty to seven counts of spying on tenants living above his £500,000 property between November 2015 and September last year

Brookes, who won the Royal Television Society Award in 2000 for his series Growing Plants, lives with his 54-year-old partner Stephanie Lester Brookes, who won the Royal Television Society Award in 2000 for his series Growing Plants, lives with his 54-year-old partner Stephanie Lester
He has three grown-up children He has three grown-up children

Brookes, who won the Royal Television Society Award in 2000 for his series Growing Plants, lives with his 54-year-old partner Stephanie Lester. He has three grown-up children

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