Images of the tools on the website can be helpful, but however many images you see, they are no comparison to the experience of picking one up and feeling the weight and balance of the tool in your hand. We are grateful to our stockists who have made space for this to happen.
Some of our stockists sell the tools at events around the country.
The map shows where our stockists are based. Each of them has a selection of the tools, and can take orders for tools that they do not have in stock. We suggest you contact them before visiting, to confirm that they have the tools you want.
Burford Garden Company Shilton Road, Burford, Oxfordshire, tel 01993 823117.
The Copper Gardener Stephen McIlroy, 76 Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 1GW. Please contact Stephen on 07522 721808 to arrange a visit. Or visit his stall every Friday in St Georges Market, Belfast and every Saturday at Folktown Market.
Michael Fuller Gardens 5 Stonepark Drive, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5DG Please contact Michael on 01342 824320 / 07952 751029 to arrange a visit
The Garden House 21 High St, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0AH Tel. 01749 813011
Green Shopping Hyden House Ltd, The Sustainability Centre, Droxford Road, East Meon, GU32 1HR Tel 01730 823 311 (please phone to arrange a visit)
Guilden Gate Smallholding 86 North End, Bassingbourn, Royston, Herts SG8 5PD Tel. 01763 243960 (please phone to arrange a visit)
Kilver Court Kilver Street, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 5NF Tel 01749 340417
Myriad Natural Toys and Crafts Old Stables, Nine Yews, Cranborne, Dorset BH21 5PW Tel. 01725 517085
Petersham Covent Garden 31 King St, London WC2E 8JD Tel 020 7305 7676
Petersham Nurseries Church Lane, off Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey TW10 7AG Tel. 020 8940 5230
The Potting Shed Ranfurly, Lyons Road, Slinfold RH13 0RY Tel. 07812 130502
Taurus Crafts The Old Park Park, Forest of Dean, Aylburton, Lydney GL15 6BU. Tel 01594 844841.
time2garden, Crossway House, North Petherton, Somerset, TA6 6PB. Tel. 07966 589165.
Waltham Place Church Hill, White Waltham, Berkshire SL6 3JH Tel. 01628 825517
Not a stockist, but a supporter … someone who has used our tools for many years.
Ark Redwood is head gardener at Chalice Well Gardens, a haven of tranquility at the foot of Glastonbury Tor in Somerset. Here in his beautiful book, The Art of Mindful Gardening: Sowing the Seeds of Meditation, he tells the story of the first time he used one of our trowels.
“One day, at work, I had about a hundred marigolds to plant, and proceeded to do so using my usual steel trowel. The next morning, after a particularly wet night, I went to check on them, knowing full well that, along with the likes of lettuce and delphiniums, they were pretty much at the top of the menu for slugs. As expected, the slimy ones had had a nocturnal feast and managed to polish off all bar one or two. It just so happened that later that morning I took delivery of my shiny new copper trowel, looking more golden than bronze, and I promptly put it to the test by planting roughly the same amount of marigolds as I had the previous day, and in the same place. The next morning I returned to the scene of the crime, and to my amazement there was hardly any damage to the flowers, even though it had also been rainy the night before. Since that day I have hardly picked up an ordinary iron-based trowel, and have added several more copper tools to my arsenal.”
A champion of our tools
Charles Dowding runs very popular day courses on no-dig vegetable gardening, and has written several books drawing on his experiences.
Here is what he says about our tools on page 30 of his book, Charles Dowding’s Vegetable Course :
“My favourite tools are made of copper, or to be precise they are 95 per cent copper and 5 per cent tin … the metal is strong, not magnetic and does not rust. This is a keen advantage for trowels, hoes and spades where smooth, sharp blades make for effortless use, and there is no need for regular cleaning or oiling to protect the metal.
“Although the copper alloy is a little less hard than iron, and might suffer in soils with flint or large amounts of stone, the tools are designed to endure. I have found copper trowels last better than ones made of hard stainless steel, which often snap after a year or two, at a weak point near the handle.”
A selection of the tools will be available to buy at the following events.
Stephen McIlroy, the Copper Gardener, will be selling a range of the tools.July 20 @ 11:00 - July 21 @ 17:30
Stephen McIlroy, the Copper Gardener, will have a range of the tools on offer.August 6 @ 16:00 - August 7 @ 23:00
Darren Lerigo of Modern Mint will be delving into the discussionSeptember 16 @ 19:30 - 21:00
Time to look at bronze tools on the Time2Garden stallSeptember 25 @ 17:30 - September 26 @ 15:30
Christmas gift ideas from Time2GardenNovember 5 @ 10:00 - 14:30
Christmas gift ideas from Time2GardenNovember 12 @ 10:00 - November 14 @ 17:00
Lots to explore at the Time2Garden stallNovember 22 @ 17:30 - November 24 @ 16:00
Time2 browse on the Time2Garden stallNovember 29 @ 10:00 - November 30 @ 17:00
Gifts for gardeners at the Time2Garden stallDecember 1 @ 11:00 - 15:00