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Win a winter pruning kit with Burgon & Ball and Muck

Late winter and early spring is a great time for all sorts of important groundwork, a chance to get ready for the gardening season ahead. A key job in late winter and early spring is pruning, and we have a great winter pruning kit up for grabs, with pruning tools and a pair of cosy new Muck boots up for grabs.
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Win a winter pruning kit with Burgon & Ball and Muck


January. Not the most inspiring month, is it? Short, cold days and every shade of inclement weather you can think of. But for gardeners, it’s a great time for all sorts of important groundwork, a chance to get ready for the gardening season ahead.

A key job in late winter and early spring is pruning, whether that’s roses (you can read our guide to pruning shrub roses here), late summer (Group 3) clematis, autumn-fruiting raspberries, apple and pear trees, fruit bushes… the list goes on. Winter pruning avoids shrubs outgrowing their space, and keeps edible plants productive.

But it has to be said that the weather in winter isn’t always the most tempting, when it comes to getting outside. To help make tackling your pruning jobs a little more appealing his winter, we have a bundle of pruning tools to give away, together with a cosy new pair of boots from Muck.



Muck, glorious muck

Muck Boots were founded, as the name suggests, to tackle the universal problem of, well, muck. Wet, messy, muddy, dirty muck. The boots are made with premium neoprene and rubber, designed to brave every element, and are totally waterproof, right to the top.

Like us, Muck Boots is an RHS licensee, producing the only gardening footwear endorsed by the RHS. Muck’s RHS Muckster II design is ideal for slipping on and off with ease, and the sole, while giving plenty of grip, isn’t so deeply ridged that it will damage your lawn.

Muck also offers heavier-duty designs like the Chore, Arctic Sport and Muckmaster, ideal for when the going gets really tough. If you’re our lucky winner, you can take your pick from the Muck range.


Perfect pruning

On the tools front, our pruning bundle consists of:

1. RHS-endorsed rose pruner (pic at top of page). This bypass-action secateur has a clever cut-and-hold action. It grips the cut stem after you’ve made the cut, so you can deposit it safely in barrow or bin without having to touch it. It’s also useful for tackling brambles, or for cutting plants with irritant sap, like rue and euphorbia.


2. RHS-endorsed pruning saw. This small-but-mighty saw gives you the cutting power of a bow saw, in your pocket. The patented tooth design has three cutting faces per tooth, which gives incredibly rapid cutting performance. It’s designed to work primarily on the pull stroke, so it’s excellent for overhead work.


3. Corona Max Forged Convertible Branch & Stem Pruner (pic below). This innovative tool is from our US sister company Corona Tools, and it’s a bit of a game-changer when it comes to pruning. Fully forged in high-carbon steel, this bypass-action pruner has handles which easily fold out to convert it from single-handed to two-handed use when needed. It’s a pruner and a mini lopper in one, for that bit of extra cutting power when you need it. Easily cutting stems and small branches up to 3cm in diameter, it has a lifetime warranty.

Together the tools tot up to a value of £102, and of course it depends which boots you pick, but in total it's a prize which could easily be worth over £200!

Wouldn't that tempt you to get outside and get pruning?


How to enter


To win this brilliant bundle of boots and pruning tools, simply leave a comment on this blog. Scroll to the bottom of this page to comment (your email address won't be published). You could tell us what plants you'll be pruning, which boots you'd like - or just tell us your favourite rose! You’ll also need to be a subscriber to our monthly email newsletter to be a winner, so if you're not already signed up, fill in your email address in the grey band right at the bottom of this page. It’s easy to unsubscribe at any time if you don’t enjoy our monthly updates.

The small print

Muck Boots prize draw, 2023

This giveaway is open to UK residents over the age of 18 only. No purchase necessary. No cash alternative is available. The winner will be chosen at random and the judges’ decision will be final. One winner will receive: one pair of boots of their choice from the Muck Boots UK website at; one Burgon & Ball RHS-endorsed rose pruner; one Burgon & Ball RHS-endorsed folding pruning saw; one Corona Max Forged Convertible Branch & Stem Pruner. Prize draw opens at 00:01 on 26/01/2023 and closes at 23:59 on 05/02/2023. Winner will be contacted by Burgon & Ball shortly after the closing date. Employees of Burgon & Ball and their family members aren’t eligible to win. One entry per person; entries created by a bot or a service that automatically enters participants are not eligible to win. We draw your attention to our privacy policy here.


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  • As a professional gardener my heart leapt a mile high when I saw this bundle of THE best tools pus Muck Boots ! (Gardeners would even think they are sexy, believe it or not ;) ) Oh that would be birthday and christmas all rolled into one and I would jump for joy , on insta if need be if I got such a parcel… <3 <3 !!

    Sibelle Borner on
  • These would definitely help with pruning our garden buddleias. I attempted pruning them last year but couldn’t get through the branches!

    Suzanne Jones on
  • I cannot wait to start “branching” out using Burgon and Balls pruning tools on my beautiful clematis, whilst wearing a pair of Muck Boots to keep my feet warm and dry!!

    Mrs Bailey on
  • I went on an apple tree pruning course a couple of weeks ago and came back ready to thin my 25 year old tree out to let the air in. I’ve still got some bits to tip but have made a huge difference already.

    Kate Cunningham on
  • After three years hardwork creating our garden from scratch, with new flowerbeds, plants and trees for pollinators, a pergola and a pond, we can’t wait to potter and prune!

    Sarah Harrington-James on
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