Garden Tools On The Shelves
We recently launched a modest range of tools from Bulldog in Wigan and Caldwell’s in Warrington partly to meet demand for growing veg, but also to promote some quality manufacturing form the region. Bulldog is the last tool forge in the UK - pretty much everything else has been “off-shored” to somewhere with lower wages, etc. Now the £ and asset bubble has burst, domestic production of goods look much less archaic once again. Unfortunately, factories cannot be switched on and off readily and imports will continue to climb in price.
Global trading aside, why Bulldog in particular? Forging is not just a quaint village blacksmith idea, it is the use of heat and pressing to produce hard and durable steel sufficient to outlive the purchaser. Stainless steel in particular is popularly associated with quality tools but is difficult to manufacture to anything like the same strength as Wigan’s finest. The popularity of their tools with contractors is testament to this. As a company they are refreshingly free of the marketing rubbish many UK companies are drowning in.
Other useful handtools such as wheel hoes or stirrup hoes are not in production in the UK (we've been importing them from Switzerland for some years) but a look at the US's www.johnnyseeds.com (owned in a way not dissimilar to Unicorn) shows what is possible.
Good guide to garden tools
Last Modified - 8th August 2009