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

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!”


All kinds of jobs and repairs.


Centre for Alternative Technology

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

Machynlleth, Powys,

Chase Organics

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


Environmentally friendly cleaning service; domestic and small commercial


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

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

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

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


- 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.


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

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 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

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