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If you’ve got anywhere you can fit a water butt, then do so. A shed, sloping roof, greenhouse or conservatory can all provide plenty of water. You can get a water butt, made from recycled plastic, for about £30–40. You can also divert grey water from your bath or washing machine onto the garden, Kits available from local plumbers. Butts and diverters available from or  DIY stores & garden centres.

You can cut down the amount of water you need by adding compost, peat free soil conditioner or the contents of used gro bags to your soil and digging it in. Using similar materials as a mulch (at least 3” thick) on top of damp soil conserves water. If you have nothing else, use multiple sheets of wetted newspaper weighed down with soil.

Go for recycled materials or those from sustainable sources and cultivate on an organic basis. Have a go at growing food. There is nothing better than home grown vegetables that have travelled only a few food-metres to reach your kitchen.

Gardens often need structures of some sort from a simple trellis to much more ambitious buildings. Make sure these are made of materials from sustainable sources. (FSC certified (Forest Stewardship Council).

Ironically gardening can be one of the most “ungreen” activities that we undertake. Gardens consisting mainly of hard landscaping with exotic plants liberally treated with synthetic fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides are highly damaging. CO2 is produced making the landscaping and the manufacture and use of the chemicals contributes to climate change and pollution. Their use can have a direct devastating effect on wildlife and they don’t do us any good either. Garden design and “fashion” can be fun but not when it encourages this approach.



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.

Bubblehouse Worms

Various composting systems.—“Promote global worming!”


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.

Chase Organics

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

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


Fertile Fibre

Peat-free compost made from Coir

great green systems

Subsidised compost bins available-an initiative with Shropshire Council

0800 7312572

Green Gardener

Effective and natural pest control


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

0207 792 8687

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.

Lucy Alice Gardening

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

Contact via email /instagram



mike russell landscape and garden design

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

National Wildflower Centre

Promotes new wildflower habitats, sells seeds and plants.




Natural skin products ,including Gardeners insect repelling gel.

01948 666550

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. Also try Blue Diamond (Percy Throwers).  Harley Bank Nursery will take back for re-use.

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

real seed company

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

Seedy Sunday

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

Shropshire Master Composters

Advice to groups and individuals on home composting by volunteers.

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



Soil Association

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

Stroud community Seed Bank

Inspiring community project of 'seed guardians.


Suffolk Herbs/kings seeds

Organic vegetable seeds.

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 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