“I keep thinking I don’t need any more tools but I always find one when I have a few extra dollars, and I love them like pets. Even if all the claims made about them are not true, it makes a huge difference to me to be using a tool of such beauty, made by hand and with “history” you might say, and with that attitude it seems everything in the garden thrives.”
from an email from customer Kathryn, contemplating her next order. The exchange rate is good for US customers at the moment, by the way!
Charles Dowding has long been a champion of our tools (as well as championing organic growing and no-dig vegetable growing). His latest book has just been published. More info here.
The recipient of the Implementations 2016 christmas gift …
of £120 worth of our tools …
of the ventures nominated by our customers …
The names were put into a hat yesterday …
Nigel’s mum pulled out one …
and it was …
The Fountainhill Creative Education Centre in West Wales, nominated by Maryam.
Wishing them (and everyone else) a very happy Christmas!
Kiveton Park and Wales CDT gardening group
Here is what nominator Bridget has to say about it:
“In 1997 the coal mine in Kiveton Park and Wales was closed with a loss of 1000 jobs. This was devastating for our village. The Community Development Trust was set up, based in the old colliery offices, to help the community get back on its feet. We helped people search for jobs and provided training to help them increase their employment skills.
“Nineteen years later the village has largely recovered. There are new housing estates and the population has risen to 11,000 but there are still pockets of serious deprivation. We are a proud lot and we want to bring back the pride in our village and community spirit that we used to have. We are starting a gardening group which will maintain the public spaces and will ‘green up’ the whole village.
“We haven’t started yet so we don’t have any pictures of us at work but here is a picture of the old colliery office with the expanse of lawn in front. Wait and see what it’ll look like in the future!”
Spotted in today’s Sunday Times gardening section, the Castor Trowel.
Customer Jules says
“I would like to nominate Temple Druid Community for some tools as they are working with the land and local community – trying to promote organic, self sustaining life styles. http://www.templedruid.org/”
Nomination accepted, Jules.
From customer Beth:
I would like to nominate Squash Nutrition in Toxteth, Liverpool for your Christmas charity gift. Squash Nutrition do inspirational work to promote growing and healthy eating in one of the UK’s most deprived communities.”
The name will go into the hat.
… and that means it is the time of the Implementations Christmas Gift. Each year we ask our customers to nominate a charity or community venture that they think would benefit from a gift of £120 worth of our tools.
Here is this year’s first nomination: http://www.moulsecoombforestgarden.org/
Customer Lyndsey says: “I would like to nominate the Moulsecoomb Forest Garden in Brighton, a project which teaches gardening skills to kids struggling at school (over 50 kids each week) and to people with learning difficulties.”
From last Saturday’s Telegraph Gardening section. Helen Yemm recommends the Mira Trowel. Thank you Helen!