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I've been asked a fair bit recently when we close for winter, with a surprising number of customers assuming that we close at the end of October. Please be reassured that we close on 20th December, after a busy three weeks (we're open every day until 20th) selling Christmas trees, holly wreaths, potted peat free spring-flowering bulbs, ethically sourced, garden-inspired gifts... oh, and the odd plant or two. We still have a good selection of shrubs, both evergreen, and winter flowering, and a fresh batch of Hellebores will be here before the weekend; now is a very good time to plant them.

We don't go home early if it's cold, or raining: what do you think we're made of?

Very best wishes, and hope to see you soon,



It's almost time for our annual Winter Warmer, which will be held on Sunday 2nd December, from 3-7pm. The format never really changes: Barbakan Mince Pies (and Lush Brownies this year!); Fairtrade mulled wine and Fairtrade hot chocolate, which we sell to raise money for a local charity - this year we've chosen Burnage Food Bank; carols and festive songs from Levy Chorus; and an opportunity to meet friends and shop for your Christmas tree, wreath, and ethical gifts.


Our Christmas stock includes handmade and Fairtrade tree decorations, recycled glass and clay hanging pots from Fairtrade brand Nkuku, nature-inspired wall tiles made at Manchester Craft Centre, and quirky succulent pots hand-made in the UK.

We now sell bundles of locally coppiced firewood and kindling, minus the wasteful plastic nets. If you require larger quantities, or have a general inquiry about firewood, email

Christmas Trees

Hurrah, our UK grown, premium quality Christmas trees and holly wreaths arrive at the end of November. Nordmann Firs will be available in 3ft / 4ft / 5ft / 6ft / 7ft / 8ft, Fraser Firs in 5-6ft / 7-8ft and Lodgepole Pines in 6-7ft. We'll also have some 3ft pot-grown Spruce and mini Nordmann Firs. Heights are approximate. All our cut trees hold their needles well, given the right conditions. We deliver within a 3 mile radius for a small charge.

If you're interested in a very tall tree i.e. 9ft or taller, please email me for prices as soon as possible.

Carrier Bags

We've almost run out of donated second-hand carrier bags, so if you have any squirrelled away, we'll gladly take them off your hands. We've never bought plastic carrier bags, or handed them out willy-nilly, and don't provide heavy duty paper bags, as they have a huge carbon footprint, and in general, are not reusable. The 5p carrier bag charge has made a huge impact, with 9 million fewer bags used since the scheme was introduced, but there's still lots of room for improvement. If you're coming on foot, or by bike, please remember to bring your own bag(s), as we can't guarantee that you'll get one from us, though of course, we always do our best. If you're driving, please make sure your boot is lined if you're concerned about dirty pots messing up your car.

What about large, heavy duty jute bags? Pay a deposit, and return them? What do you think? Is it necessary?

Plant Pots

As you may have read in a previous newsletter - though I'm sure some of you just look at the pictures ;-) - we raised some of our own peat free herbaceous perennials this year, from bare root stock, plugs and seed. We're ramping it up next year, and though we aim to grow in biodegradable coir pots, we also need plastic pots. Can you help? We need 2 LITRE POTS ONLY.
They must be:

Please DO NOT leave bin bags of empty pots outside our gate when we are closed: I hate bin bags and I don't want to upset my neighbours. I also need to involve our QC department (that's me), which means handing back pots which aren't suitable. Your cooperation is very much appreciated.


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Bud Garden Centre · Omer Drive · Burnage · Manchester, Greater Manchester M19 2JN · United Kingdom

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