home & garden

For individuals, home is where most ‘green’ changes can be made immediately: refer to Building and Energy Sections too.

There are lots of ideas to make your home 'greener' under more Info and suggestions below;

Ideas for the garden can be found when you click the  Garden button below:

Most, if not all Dutch bulbs for sale ( excepting organically grown bulbs) are probably treated at some time in their life with neonics. The effect of this can last for up to 3 years after you have planted them. They affect worms and soil organisms and can also affect any pollinating insects visiting their flowers.
A reasonably sure way to avoid this problem in your garden is only buy ORGANIC, or BRITISH GROWN ( as opposed to BRITISH SUPPLIED which may be imported) bulbs. Also avoid bulbs not grown from cultivated stock( it will state this on the packet)  Ask the supplier if not clear.


A promising new organic growing medium compost to buy, if you dont make your own, is Sylva Grow, made by Melcourt, at Tetbury, GLOS.

Purchase at Blue Diamond (Percy Throwers) on Oteley Road (Jun 2019) ; Derwen Garden Centre, Guilsfield; Meadowdale nurseries Horsehay Telford;  or  Heather Brae, Church Stretton, SY6 6LU.




Abbey Hardware

Wonderful Hardware local shop....surprising what you can find here!  and they will give you the exact number you want...no large packets!

15 Abbey Foregate


Compost, made from  our local kerbside green waste, sold loose in bulk to farmers and landscape gardeners, can be delivered.

01743 821226

Association Kokopelli

Thousands of organic seeds and growing advice.

Blue Lemon

Shop on High St. selling Natural Soaps and Skincare products which are free from Palm Oil, Sulphates and Preservatives........handcrafted in Store

48 High St.

Bubblehouse Worms

Various composting systems.—“Promote global worming!”


Made of polythene - smallish amounts can be recycled with plastic bags in larger supermarkets, like Sainsbury and Morrisons.  Larger peices can be given away, or used to protect fragile plants, or to line greenhouses.


All kinds of jobs and repairs.



You can now take them to the Battlefield Recycling Centre, where there there is a designated skip for old carpets.  If you need it collecting, see AAT Recycling, above.

You can use an old carpet (topside down) on weed areas in your garden to  prepare the ground for digging: makes a good cover for the top of a compost bin too.

Centre for Alternative Technology

Has composting, demonstration gardens and gardening information. Catalogue sells garden items,

Machynlleth, Powys,

Chalk of Oswestry

CHALK is an umbrella business, which co-ordinates a number of projects to enable people, who live locally to Oswestry, to learn valuable skills to enrich their lives and build a better community.

 You will find re-upholstered bespoke furniture to re-purposed and up-cycled furniture, vintage clothes, textiles, haberdashery, gifts and so much more.  look for the unusual.

email: chalkcicshop@gmail.com

17 Leg St
01691 655895

Chase Organics

Catalogue of seeds, other gardening products and books (a joint venture with Garden Organic).


Environmentally friendly cleaning service; domestic and small commercial

Coffee Grounds

You can ask Starbucks, and now, Ginger and Co Coffee in Princess St. for theirs, to take home to add to compost. Also said to be a good slug repellant in small quantities!  Ask other cafes, to encourage composting!

You can also grow oyster mushrooms on old coffee grounds


Condover Furniture Ltd

Environmentally Friendly upcycled furniture enhanced with Glass.



Electrical repair specialist! same day/ next day service, all makes of automatics,electric cookers,cleaners,dishwashers and waste disposal units. New and refurbished machines for sale.


David Colwell Design

Sustainable furniture design

Plot C, Broadaxe Business Park,
Powys, Wales.
01544 260547


For advice on beekeeping and plant health issues

Direct Line Green Homes

A guide to Green Homes;a comprehensive guide to living environmentally friendly.

Duncan Galliers Upholstery

Offers Upholstery classes in the Shrewsbury Workshop.

Coton Hill Farm

Ethical consumer

All purchases ethical. Get the background and insight into consumerism.

Gives ideas on D.I.Y. non-toxic cleaning products.

Extraglaze Ltd

Telford based, supplier manufacturer of near-invisible glazing system. Ideal for buildings in 'conservation areas'.

01952 405550

Fertile Fibre

Peat-free compost made from Coir


Don't chuck it, it can be re-used, repaired, customised.
If you donate to a furniture scheme, this may produce useful training work in mending, and the furniture is then sold on cheaply to households in need:-

 Shrewsbury Furniture Scheme (also known as Home Essentials), Unit 9b HartleyBusiness Centre, off Monkmoor Road, 01743 246 668 www.shrewsburyfurniturescheme.com Mon-Thur 10 - 4pm, Fri 10 - 2.

Their shop, Home Essentials, in Castle Street, Shrewsbury, open ; Mon-Sat 9.30 - 4.30  sells large furniture, financially supports the scheme, and stops more items going to landfill.  Phone to donate, have stuff collected or to receive if on a low income or in need. . Free collection in S’bury.
At their Monkmoor place, they can recycle glass, metal, wood, non-working electrical items and plastic.

Belle Vue Restorations Ltd, Green Lane, off Upper Rd, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury SY3 9JH Tel 01743 272210



British Heart Foundation   www.bhf.org.uk will collect  furniture and electrical items

Crane Quality Counselling : Donated  Furniture and Household goods  for sale from Shop at 51-52 Mardol. SY1 1PP. They collect free.The sales support this Local Charity offering a counselling service Tel: 01743 272303

REVIIVE - Unit 4, Knights Park, Battlefield Enterprise Park, Sy1 3AB. (next to Screwfix).01743 588458   www.reviive.co.uk    Mon-fri 10-5.  Sat 10am-4pm.
New re-use store, selling household items and furniture, supporting people in need, and offering training.

South Shropshire Furniture Scheme,  The Renaissance Centre, Ludlow SY1 1RL. 01584 877751 www.furniturescheme.co.uk
Computer refurbishing/recycling workshop, accredited training, carpentry workshop, tea room and shops.
Collects donated furniture.

Garden Organic

Dedicated to researching and promoting organic gardening.

Heritage (i.e no longer obtainable from seed companies) seeds can be obtained by joining Garden Organic’s Heritage Seed Library.


Ryton Organic Gardens, Coventry

Ginger & Co. Coffee

Mainly locally sourced ingredients for cakes and sarnies. Fairtrade / Rain Forest Alliance Coffee.

Offer spent coffee..... free for your compost. 

30-31 Princess St.
07795142603 Facebook/gingerandcocoffee


Community Computer help to Fix hardware or/and help with IT software problems.

Check website for opening hours


Roy Fletcher Centre
Cross Hill

Green Cleaning Services

Domestic and office cleaning , using less harsh chemicals


01743 461 274

Green Doors

Energy smart homes near you. Get practical, impartial advice.

Organised by Transition Town Shrewsbury. Note: Although this site has not been updated recently, the information given is very useful! (May 2017)

Green Gardener

Effective and natural pest control


Natural insect repellent range of products, recognised by Vegan Society. 

0207 792 8687

J A Milton Upholstery

Upholstery Courses (and supplies) in Ellesmere

Jesent products

"Locally handmade useful sustainable timber products, ranging from recycling box stores, compost bins, storage units, veg grow boxes etc


18 acre permaculture project run courses, events, celebration, nature and sell fruit trees/ bushes.


Larry Jones

Tree Work – Wrekin Woodsman
Coppice material and products, woodland management.


07976 957522.

Little Furniture Shop

 Town centre upholsterer 

1 Wyle Cop

Love Your Clothes

A UK gov website with loads of useful tips on caring for your clothes including mending, washing and recycling.

Lucy Alice Gardening

A young enthusiastic Organic gardener, based in Shrewsbury...will tackle anything apart from large trees.

Contact via email /instagram   lucyalicegardening@gmail.com



mike russell landscape and garden design

Designs with Nature .........landsacape designer in Church Stretton

National Bee Unit

Provides a wide range of beekeeping information, and collects data from beekeepers.

National Wildflower Centre

Promotes new wildflower habitats, sells seeds and plants.




Natural skin products ,including Gardeners insect repelling gel.

01948 666550


look at the ARA office chair  (made with environmental accountability)



Organic catalogue

Dedicated to promoting Organic growing for more than 50 years.

Seeds,plants,pest control etc.

Paul Stack

Local upholsterer.

143a, The Workshops, Belle Vue Rd.
01743 358999

Pesticide Action Network UK

They are an action group concerned with replacing the use of toxic pesticides.

They have section for all pollinators including bees

Plastic Flower Pots

These, whatever colour, can't yet be recycled with plastics at your kerbside. But they can be re-used, when clean, by community groups, allotments, and schools that garden, so offer them if you can.

Dobbies are now taking responsibility for taking them back for recycling, ( to be re-made into plastic things), all colours, broken or intact, plus the plastic trays that contain pots.  Just give them to a member of staff. Black Birches Garden Centre, of Hadnall, willingly receive plastic pots in good condition, for re-use.  Also try Blue Diamond (Percy Throwers).  Harley Bank Nursery will take back for re-use.  And now, B & Q willingly take them back, in their garden/plant section.

Use earthenware pots, or check out biodegradeable ones made of coir, bamboo or other peat-free materials..


- a traditional ceiling pulley operated clothes airer- sold by local firm

140 Longden Coleham
01743 249039

real seed company

As it says! A small family business supplying carefully selected and heritage vegetable seeds. Promotes seed saving.


sells recycled, mended, used furniture

Unit 4, Knights Park
Battlefield Enterprise Park


If you have a rotary line, try a covered one ...then you don’t have to worry about the rain.

Salop Computer Centre

recycle and sell refurbished laptops, tablets etc.

01743 233550


Try out a Bamboo toothbrush. Completely recyclable!

Seedy Sunday

Promotes seed swaps, the growing of local plants and preservation of biodiversity.

Severn Hospice Furniture Store

Donated furniture, home and electrical items can be purchased.

They offer a delivery service on purchased furniture items AND a FREE collection service.

email:    furniture@severnhospice.org.uk

57 Ennerdale Road
01743 211092

shrewsbury furniture scheme aka HOME Essentials

in Monkmoor .....to donate or retrieve used  furniture, including electricals


see detail under FURNITURE

Shrewsbury Repair Cafe

Broken toaster, hoover, trousers with a broken zip cluttering up your house? Bring them to the repair cafe and our friendly volunteers will help you repair them.

01743 366771

Shropshire Beekeepers Association

events, meetings, and what to do if you discover a swarm!

01743 88452

Shropshire Master Composters

Advice is given to groups and individuals on home composting by volunteers, Shropshire Master Composters are now run directly by Garden Organic.   Contact the  new local co-ordinator and trainer - Rachel Phillips-Street  at rphillips-street@gardenorganic.org.uk  or tel 07584 343846.


Shropshire Organic Gardeners (SOGS)

Active society of organic gardeners. Talks and visits.

Watch out for Potato Day, where you can buy organic seed spuds and other plants - usually 2nd weekend in February.

Shropshire Smallholders Group

Hold monthly meetings, provide information and a newsletter

Shropshire Upholstery

Anthony Tipton does complete restoration, re-upholstery service, custom built options on bar seating, fixed seating for pubs, clubs & hotels.



01952 770271

Shropshire Wildlife Trust

 Shropshire's leading conservation charity. It manages over 40 nature reserves.

Offers a number of volunteering opportunities throughout the county, including:

Survey work, help with events, Education and Gardening help



Simon Taylor Electronic Repairs

carries out electronic and other technical repairs.......wishes to keep stuff out of landfill!

contact: simontay1984@gmail.com

01743 365363

Soil Association

Promotes organic principles. Runs certification scheme for growers and suppliers.

Stephen James Corbett Upholsterer

Close to Town Centre..........Designed and sustainable

19 Frankwell
07977 855334


re-conditioned Kitchen appliances, vacuum cleaners etc. Repairs and replacement parts.

60 Mardol
01743 355752

Stroud community Seed Bank

Inspiring community project of 'seed guardians.


Suffolk Herbs/kings seeds

Organic vegetable seeds.

the chair house

Upcycled chairs for home, & business.

The Good Tree Co.

Deal with all aspects of tree maintenance

The Natural Gardener

Shropshire organic gardening service, offering garden maintenance, vegetable growing and wildlife gardening.

The Permaculture Association

Information, events and news

The Sensory Trust

Promotes inclusive landscape design and equality of access.


The Solar Centre

Great range of solar lights for home and garden

the two ronnies

resist the temptation to buy new: 2  Ronnies mend washing machines and vacuum cleaners .



the used kitchen company

Spares for cookers, washers, remote controls, or buy/sell a complete kitchen. 

020 8349 1943

The Vegetable Seed Store (Jungle Seeds)

Heritage and exotic seeds

Wiggly Wigglers

For worm bins and accessories, plus all sorts of gardening products, seeds and plants