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Seed Suppliers  - Some offering discounts to allotments societies

The Real Seed Catalogue - a catalogue of heirloom and heritage vegetable seeds all specially chosen for the home gardener that will produce well flavoured crops and do well in the cooler UK climate. As the seeds are non-hybridised, the seeds produced from your crop will breed true, meaning you can produce and store your own seed from year to year - and Real Seeds encourages this. It also means that your plants will adapt to your soil and weather conditions making them better and stronger.

Suttons Seeds - Bulk Discount Scheme for Gardening Clubs and Horticultural Societies: If you're a member of a gardening group, an allotment club or a horticultural society then you can save money on your seeds, plants and gardening equipment!

VegetableSeeds.net - 10% Discount For Allotments! We offer allotment societies a 10% discount.

Marshalls Garden Club - Do you run an allotment or garden club scheme to order seeds in bulk to save members money?

Gardening Equipment

Get Digging With Alternative Tools - Online shop specialising in azadas, mattocks, long handled spades and forks, pitchforks and rakes.

The Scythe Shop - Online shop for Austrian scythes and realted tools. These are NOT you ordinary scythes, and are much lighter, sharper and more effective than the traditional heavy Scottish scythe. Since I got mine 5 years ago, I've not used our lawnmower or strimmer.

Specialist Plant and Fruit Sites

Blackmoor Fruit Nursery - For eighty years Blackmoor Nurseries has sourced its rootstocks and scion bud wood from material of the highest plant health status. We now provide a wide range of fruit trees, bushes and soft fruit to garden centres, commercial growers and to retail customers.

Keepers Nursery - Keepers Nursery is a leading specialist fruit tree nursery in the UK. With over 600 varieties, we probably offer the largest selection of fruit trees for sale in the world.

Orange Pippin - Orange Pippin is collaborating with the Home Orchard Society to build an international database of apple trees! If you have an apple tree growing in your garden, please tell us about it and share details with other apple enthusiasts around the world. Does it grow well or badly? What sort of crops do you get? Do you prune it? It does not have to be a rare variety - even if it is a common Golden Delicious it is still interesting to see where it is being grown, and how well it grows.

Orange Pippin Fruit Trees - Orange Pippin now have an online shop for ordering fruit trees. Not just apples, either, but plums, cherry plumsn and mirabelles, medlar, quince and nut trees, all available on different rootsrock. The site has a fantastic 'Compare' feature which lets you add a variety to your 'compare' lits so you can see how differeent types stack up. The site also has very extensive background information about rootstocks, spacing, tree sizes, etc.

Garden Diary Sites

Grow Your Own Fruit & Veg - Offers you some basic advice on suitable vegetable seed, sets and tuber varieties, for different areas of the U.K., especially the North. Encourage you to grow suitable varieties of vegetables in order that you will have vegetables in season, even in the spring and early summer.

The Old Orchard, Cromarty - The web site of the garden surrounding the Old Manse, Cromarty in Ross-shire, Scotland, owned by Ken and Kristina Dupar.

Miscellaneous Garden Useful

SunEarth Tools - a site which lets you plot the position of the sun at your exact location at any time of the year. Lets you see when your plants get the most sunshine.

Gardening Media

BBC Gardening page - Develop the essential skills to tackle everyday tasks in your garden. Our expert guides have videos and step-by-step advice to help you keep your garden in great condition. Select and grow your favourite plants, start a vegetable plot or discover organic gardening.

Gardener's Question Time - Seasoned experts Anne Swithinbank, Bob Flowerdew, Bunny Guinness, Chris Beardshaw, John Cushnie, Matthew Biggs and Pippa Greenwood answer your questions with Eric Robson or Peter Gibbs in the chair.

Organisations and Societies

Federation of City Farms - The Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens exists to support, represent and promote community-managed farms and gardens across the United Kingdom.

Royal Horticultural Society - The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK's leading gardening charity dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening. Our goal is to help people share a passion for plants, to encourage excellence in horticulture and inspire all those with an interest in gardening.

Royal Horticultural Society - The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK's leading gardening charity dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening. Our goal is to help people share a passion for plants, to encourage excellence in horticulture and inspire all those with an interest in gardening.

Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society - SAGS works for allotment sites and plot holders throughout Scotland to: - Protect sites by networking among allotment associations - campaigning nationally and locally - raising awareness of the planning process and new legislation etc.

Sustainability

Sustainable Energy - Without the hot air -  Site where you can read, or download free in PDF format, David MacKay's groundbreaking book. "I’m concerned about cutting UK emissions of twaddle – twaddle about sustainable energy. Everyone says getting off fossil fuels is important, and we’re all encouraged to “make a difference,” but many of the things that allegedly make a difference don’t add up. This is a straight-talking book about the numbers. The aim is to guide the reader around the claptrap to actions that really make a difference and to policies that add up."