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.
Each of the stockists listed here 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.
Back to Earth – Living Gardens, Ruskin Apothecary Ruskin Mill, Old Bristol Road, Nailsworth, Stroud, Glos GL6 0LA Please phone Alena Standova on 07896 361766 to arrange a visit
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 07517374798 to arrange a visit
deVOL Kitchens Cotes Mill, Nottingham Road, Cotes, Loughborough, LE12 5TL, tel 01509 262655
Edition, 5 George St, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3EG, tel 01424 721588
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
Leckford Farm Shop Longstock Park Nursery, Longstock Park, Stockbridge, Hants SO20 6EH. Tel 01264 810270
Myriad Natural Toys and Crafts Old Stables, Nine Yews, Cranborne, Dorset BH21 5PW Tel. 01725 517085
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
Roger Basset of the Potting Shed sells at shows around the south-east of England through the year. See the Events Listing at the end of this page.
The Rowan Tree, High St, Presteigne, Powys LD8 2BE. Tel 01544 260292
Taurus Crafts The Old Park Park, Forest of Dean, Aylburton, Lydney GL15 6BU. Tel 01594 844841.
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.
Test-drive one of our tools at the Biodynamic Gardener’s standApril 29 @ 11:00 - 16:00
Stephen McIlroy, the Copper Gardener, will have a range of our tools to sell.April 29 @ 13:30 - April 30 @ 17:30
Michael Fuller, the Biodynamic Gardener, will have a range of our tools to sell.May 13 @ 11:00 - 16:00
Michael Fuller of the Biodynamic Garden will have a range of our tools on displaySeptember 9 @ 11:00 - 16:00
Look out for the Biodynamic Garden standOctober 14 @ 11:00 - 16:00
Christmas gift ideas at the Biodynamic Garden standNovember 11 @ 11:00 - 16:00
Still time to buy some Christmas Gifts with a difference at the Biodynamic Garden stand.December 9 @ 11:00 - 16:00