Newsletter No.20: December 2011

Seasonal greetings! Huddled in my shed (otherwise known as the global corporate HQ of Habitat Aid) I have one Christmas present on my wish list this year – that we get planning permission in January so my days of bubble wrapped executive comfort are over. I want to get on with our planting here at Hookgate Cottage too. It’s all rather frustrating, although it’s not as if we haven’t got enough to do in the meantime. We’ve got a raft of very exciting new projects under wraps until the New Year, about which more anon.
In the meantime, thank you to all our customers for their support this year. We are getting to a size where we’re beginning to make a real impact in a number of areas, which just reminds me of how much more there is to do!

Christmas Gifts

Today is the last day for ordering for Christmas for fruit trees, soft fruit and nut bushes. We’re having a bumper season, so are having to be careful about dates in order to guarantee delivery. If you’re looking for other ideas, although we’re not big on “stuff” we have the best in birdboxes, bugboxes and pruning kit on the website (Father Christmas is buying me some of our beautiful Japanese secateurs).


Thank you to all our suppliers for their help this year – we couldn’t have done it without you. Particular thanks to those in bold, who have suffered from us more than most:

  • Seeds

Bright Seeds
Emorsgate Seeds
Goren Farm
Scotia Seeds

  • Native Bulbs and Plug Plants

British Wildflower Plants
Really Wildflowers
Shipton Bulbs

  • Fruit Trees

Ian Sturrock & Sons
Frank Matthews
R.V.Roger Ltd.
Thornhayes Nurseries

  • Native Trees/Hedging

Ashridge Trees
Perrie Hale Nurseries

  • Perennials/Trees for Bees

Downderry Nursery
R.V.Roger Ltd.

  • Aquatic Plants and Bio-engineering

Gower Wildflowers
Salix River and Wetland Services

  • Bird/Bugboxes

Jacobi Jayne
Specialized Nestboxes
Carlsson Art

  • Tools

The Scythe Shop

Apologies to anyone I’ve missed!