Newsletter No.2: 8th December 2009

Somerset seems to be disappearing underwater as I write the second of our updates; after a record-breaking November, December seems determined to be even wetter. At least the three-now-not-so-little pigs are happy, turning large areas of the orchard into a mudbath ready for sowing annual wildflowers in the Spring.

I’m very excited about our launch of a series of one day courses for next year, specifically aimed at gardeners, landscapers, designers and small landowners. They will be led by tutors who are leaders in their fields; Sue Everett (meadows), Kevin Croucher (orchards), David Holland (ponds), and Pete Grainger (hedgelaying). We’re offering vouchers for the courses, which would make excellent Christmas presents. We’re also helping one of our suppliers, Herbiseed, launch a new course for contractors on native planting.

The website continues to attract media interest, which is very helpful. This month it was a finalist in the Garden Media Guild awards – along with the RHS, Chelsea, Gardener’s World and another BBC site. A fiver well spent… We continue to tweak it and add content, including podcasts from our suppliers. According to Alexa we’re about 24,000th in terms of traffic in the U.K. now – a triumph! My Blog also continues to pull the punters in, although goodness knows why…

One of the innovations on the site is an automatic subscription service to this mailing. If that’s not how you’re reading this but you would like to see it that way in future, just fill in the form on our home page or subscribe to it from here.

Lastly, a massive thanks to all our suppliers and supporters for their help and perseverance in 2009. What a long strange trip it’s been – and I fancy it will get stranger. As ever, if you think we’re getting anything wrong (or right) en route do please let me know.

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