Bud Garden Centre Newsletter April 2021

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Bud is *10*

I've been banging on about it for a while, and it has probably become rather tiresome, but it's our 10th Birthday tomorrow! The celebration must be low key, unfortunately, but please come to the garden centre on Easter Sunday from 12pm, to collect a piece of very special organic birthday cake, made for us by Pink Cocoa in Stockport. I can't thank you enough for all your support over the past decade - hell, that sounds like a long time - you have helped us to grow Bud into the little smasher she is today!

Last night, I received this email from regular customer Gill, who lives in Ladybarn. My heart swelled with pride and happiness when I read it, but I didn't cry... honest.

10 years of me and my Bud.

Bud became a regular haunt when I moved to the area to make a home and nature-friendly garden back in 2011. Offering respite from MA study & writing, Bud’s perfectly chosen & loved plants lifted my heart and eye; expertise freely shared, warm friendliness, sharp humour and the model of ethical business still inspire me ten years on.

It is not easy to maintain a strong, small, committed ethical business: so many fall by the wayside or sell out. To stand alongside the bland ambition of most organisations, Bud stands out and stands quietly strong. Bud keeps us connected, connected with nature, people, and the struggle that goes along with developing a thoughtful and ethical way of life.

Thank you for being here Bud.



We have sold out of all varieties of Melcourt Sylvagrow peat free compost, including the refills. I placed an order six weeks ago, and was told there was a four week lead time. I understand that there are several factors impacting on stock levels, but very high demand is the main culprit, as I mentioned in the January newsletter. As Bud is mega-busy at the moment I'm struggling to answer the phone, so please keep your eye on Facebook and Twitter for updates (please, no social media direct messages or texts). Fortunately, we do have some Dalefoot peat free compost in stock - Double Strength, Tomato, Multipurpose, so why not give that a go? It is a bit more expensive, but performs very well in amateur trials. Do you make your own? If not, why not?
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