Triple Gold at Malvern

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Our last show of the season was the Malvern Autumn Show, which Caleb and I attended. Saturday was a beautifully sunny day with light clouds scudding the otherwise blue sky over the Malvern Hills and there were a lot of visitors enjoying the warm sunshine and their picnics right in front of our stand. Amid…

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Website Success

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So far this year, to the end of August, our website has experienced some 15402 unique visitors. 1003 less than for the whole twelve months of last year! Soon we will be making improvements to our online marketing strategy and look forward to increasing visitors and orders over the coming months.

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Catching Up!

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Chestnut has been drying nicely and we are back into full production once more! Despatches made today and more will be made next week. We hope to catch up before the end of October and be ready with stock for Christmas!

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The Sussex Trug Book by Sarah Page

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I have just finished reading through Sarah Page’s (The Truggery) book entitled “The Sussex Trug – Form, Function & Craft” and, I have to say, that I found it a very depressing read.  Oh, there are many interesting “facts” in her book but she has sought to re-write history about the origin of the Trug…

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Antiques Road Show Here!

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Today we had the pleasure of hosting a visit from the film crew from Antiques Road Show who were filming nearby for the competition between Raj Bisram and one of his colleagues, Maggie Adrin-Pocock.  Raj looked at the past of Trug making, the current position and the future of our industry whilst having a go…

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Verbena & Lavender in Europe

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One of our customers in Italy sent us this photograph of her verbena and lavender harvest, about which she said “Today we filled almost all our trugs with thrashed dried lavender flowers.  Ready to distill into oil and hydrosol.  We got them inside just as the heavens opened with the first rain for over a…

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Fame in Australia!!

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Janet from Camden in New South Wales contacted us last week to say that her Trug has become famous in Australia!  Costa Georgiadis, presenter with ABC’s “Gardening Australia” had visited the Camden Community Garden and was very taken with her Royal Sussex Trug!  Costa is a very popular TV presenter and quite a character as…

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Challenging Year is 2018!

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Challenging year is 2018!! First we have all the wet weather meaning that our woodsman was unable to extract the sweet chestnut from the woodlands so it was a good job we stock piled already hewn and shaved chestnut for the handles and rims Then we find there is a shortage of cricket bat willow!…

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Marketing Appointment

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We’ve decided to increase our sales in the near and middle future and, subsequently, have appointed Pearce Marketing Consultancy from Eastbourne to assist us in achieving our goals.  This has been possible with a grant of £1000 from Economic Growth Solutions based in Melton Mowbray (home of the famous pies!).  Robin Simpson of EGS has…

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New Cant of Chestnut

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Had a meeting with Guy the estates manager at Herstmonceux Castle this afternoon and secured a lovely cant of nice smooth chestnut to cut! Will be coppicing soon! Coppicing is an ancient form of woodland management that is friendly to the floras and fauna in our woodlands. The chestnut grows back very quickly and you…

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