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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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Magham Down Trug Making Appreciation Course

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Over the weekend we hosted a Trug Making Appreciation Course here at Magham Down and had a very good group to teach. There were nine people on the course, seven students from Sussex, Somerset, Dorset and Berkshire. We also included Luke who has worked with us for a couple of months now on our South…

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Cosmopolitan Customers!

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On Monday we will be despatching Trugs to Canada, the USA (2 to California to different customers), Sweden, Australia and East Yorkshire!

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Website World Ranking

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Apparently there are some 200 million active websites in the world with a total of 1 billion registered websites in total. It was quite a surprise for us then to find that we rank 8,465,101 out of that 200 million websites! So, thank you to all those people who looked up our website over the…

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Weald & Downland Trug Making Course

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Another successful Trug Making Appreciation course was held at the Weald & Downland Living Museum in Singleton near Chichester over the weekend of 3rd – 4th March.  The course had it’s full compliment of eight students and they all made a Trug worthy of the time they spent hand crafting it over the weekend.  Truly…

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