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Love it or loathe it, Christmas is almost here, which means two main things for Bud: Christmas trees and our Winter Warmer. Cut trees will arrive on Wednesday, and should be on sale from Thursday 28th November. But more exciting than Christmas any day of the week, is our peat free compost REFILLS, which will also be available from next week, and currently competing with the trees for airtime on Social Media. Do read on, and discover more.

Bye for now,


Christmas Trees

I can't quite believe that this Christmas will be our 9th at Bud, the 9th year selling trees, and the 9th year buying them from the same family business in Lancashire. The trees are sourced from Scotland, and we buy only premium quality, which basically means they are roughly symmetrical, bushy, and have healthy foliage. We tend to buy the same tree varieties each year, as we get excellent feedback, and always sell out: pile it high, sell it cheap? The very thought makes me shudder.

Nordmann Firs are the most popular variety, with their glossy dark green foliage, and will be available in 4ft, 5ft, 6ft, 7ft and 8ft. Fraser Firs, which are narrower than Nordmanns, and have a silvery sheen, in 5ft and 6ft, and Lodgepole Pines, which have the best scent, in just one size, 6-7ft. All of the trees are known as 'non-drop', but this is very much influenced by the conditions in your home. We also sell small pot-grown trees and UK-made water holding stands. We can deliver in the local area for £5, though if you are able to take your tree home, I thank you in advance.

Peat free compost refills


I've been shouting about refills for a while on Social Media, and although there has been a bit of a delay, we can finally offer them from Thursday, 28th November.

Jason has designed and made a large gate, which opens outwards: it will facilitate the delivery of compressed bales of peat free compost, and means we will have space to refill bags outside the garden centre. I know it's only a gate, but I think it is marvellous. 

The compost Bag-for-Life developed by our supplier, Melcourt, won't arrive until next week, but we can manage until then with the empty plastic compost bags that we save. We know it isn't an ideal time of year to launch the initiative, but as we're closed in January and February, why not stock up with a couple of bags to tide you over?

Going forward, we can't run the scheme efficiently without the Bag-for-Life, and without having some pre-filled bags i.e you can't come to Bud with any old bag and expect to fill it up yourself with compost; it can't be measured and I expect would cause havoc on busy days. We're going to charge £2 for the bag, which is the approximate cost to us from the supplier. It should be usable for at least a couple of years. We expect hiccups, as this is just the start of the plastic-bag-free journey, but we can learn from our mistakes and aim for a solution which works for all of us.


... for gardeners, nature lovers, and those with a touch of class ;-)
As always, none of our gifts are made outside the UK/Europe, except fairly traded items from India and Nepal. Some gifts are made in Manchester e.g. the ash labels were made in my very own front room. We're also selling an ethical assortment of tree decorations - think handmade, local, Fairtrade; the felt sloths were popular last year, though I think the dinosaurs sporting woolly hats may give them a run for their money. I'm always on the lookout for locally made pots, labels, anything garden or nature related, so if you know potters, crafters, creatives, you now where I am.

I wouldn't want to sideline our plants, because we all know that plants make great gifts. And plants rock. We have terracotta pots planted up with spring bulbs (Crocus, Iris, Daffodil, Tulip, to name a few); a great selection of Hellebores; Daphnes - who wouldn't want a Daphne?; great-looking chunky Rhododendrons with fat buds; glossy Camellias... you get the idea.

We also sell Bud Gift Vouchers.

2019 Winter Warmer

And so another Winter Warmer; perhaps not the 9th, but possibly the 8th. This year, we will be donating the proceeds from food and drink sales to Manchester charity Wood Street Mission. We hope you can join us for Organic Hot Chocolate, Fairtrade Mulled Wine, Barbakan Mince Pies, and to listen to the wonderful Levy Chorus (singing at 5pm). This year we are also joined by Levante Samba Band, who will artfully bang their drums from 6pm.

Don't forget

We're open every day in December 10am-5pm, until the 20th, when we close at 4pm.

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

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