Newsletter No. 19: November 2011

Much to do, as ever. We’re starting to ship fruit trees, which reminds me, belated congratulations to R.V.Roger, one of our fruit tree suppliers, who not only won a Gold at Malvern this year but also the coverted President’s Trophy at Harrogate. Good job guys – a fiver well spent!

New Products
We’re launching a new range of solitary bee and bug boxes. Like other sales through the website we’re donating 50% of profits to a charity partner, in this case the invertebrate charity Buglife. We generally stay clear of selling “stuff”, as opposed to seeds and plants, but well designed bug boxes do work and engage people’s interest. They’re attractive too, which is important to us; promoting biodiversity doesn’t mean the garden has to look like a biohazard. The boxes come in 4 different sizes, working up to the regal Buggingham Palace, and are priced from £21.50 inc. VAT and P&P. They are individually made in a small workshop in Dorset from locally sourced materials.

Shows
We are planning to be at the following shows in 2012 with our spiffy new signage – hope to see you at one of them:

Ecobuild, ExCel Centre, London
20th – 22nd March
Chelsea Flower Show
22nd – 26th May
BBC Gardener’s World Live, NEC Birmingham
13th – 17th June
Game Fair, Rutland
20th – 22nd July

(Social) Media
Unlike Tom Archer’s footballing pigs we’re not a social media sensation, but as I write we’re a gnat’s breath away from 1,000 mostly sane and mostly interested followers on Twitter. The 1,000th follower of @Habitat_Aid wins a packet of Meadow Anywhere wildflower seeds. I’m also on LinkedIn and failing to understand Facebook properly too, so there are lots of ways of staying in touch with us. Oh, and, of course, the blog toddles on – latest offering is a guide to planting native hedges.

Fruit Tree Management
The next of our orchard management days is on the 19th January. Tutored by well-known nurseryman Kevin Croucher, this one day course is an invaluable and practical introduction to establishing and caring for traditional fruit trees. Sign up now to avoid disappointment!