With family gardening in the spotlight as never before, garden tool manufacturer Burgon & Ball is launching a new licensed children’s gardening range in collaboration with Europe’s largest conservation charity, the National Trust.
Nurturing children’s interest in gardening has been a growing theme for several years, and it has gained huge momentum in 2020. Gardening is a fun activity that families can enjoy together, with all the wellbeing benefits of time spent outdoors in the natural world, plus it supports a wide range of learning about the environment, healthy eating and sustainability. The new ‘National Trust ‘Get Me Gardening’ Made by Burgon & Ball’ range of children’s garden tools and accessories offers retailers a high-quality licensed range to bring to their customers.
Founded in 1895 and now with 5.6 million members, the National Trust cares for almost 200 registered parks and gardens; the largest collection of historic parks and gardens in Europe. Many were created by the most notable designers, among them Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.
The National Trust is held in the highest regard by gardeners and with those who love visiting beautiful gardens or productive kitchen gardens, making it a natural fit for a collaboration with Burgon & Ball, which itself has a toolmaking heritage dating back to 1730.
The new ‘Get Me Gardening’ collection aims to bring the garden to life for children. It has been created to appeal to six- to ten-year-olds, although of course younger or older children (or even young-at-heart adults!) can enjoy them too. In bold shades of red, yellow, green and blue, the tools and accessories feature adorable frog, hedgehog, mole and snail characters. The collection includes everything needed for a fun day in the garden, whether that’s planting flowers and seeds, making a fairy garden, or exploring with bucket and trowel on a mini-beast safari!
The range has the feel-good factor too, since a minimum of £15,000 from sales will help to support the conservation activities of the charity.
Sized to be comfortable for smaller hands, the set consists of: digging spade and digging fork; rake; a trowel and fork set; two garden kneeler designs; two glove designs; gardening apron; bucket; and watering can.
The trowel and fork come as a set on a colourful backing card, making them ideal for gifting as well as for use at home. The spade, digging fork and rake feature painted FSC®-certified ash handles and galvanized steel tool heads, with a tough powder coating to protect the steel from corrosion. The spade and fork have a T-shaped handle, useful if little hands want to use a double-handed grip for serious digging. For additional peace of mind, the three large tools are covered by a five-year guarantee.
The two Kneelo® garden kneeler designs are made to the same high standard as Burgon & Ball’s full-size Kneelo® kneelers, with generous twin layers of memory foam around a lightweight foam core. Perfect for keeping little knees comfy and clean, they also make an ideal seat pad for picnics, camping, pond dipping, and all kinds of outdoor activities.
The kneelers, the two glove designs and the gardening apron feature friendly frog, snail and hedgehog characters to highlight the garden creatures which live alongside us. The gloves and apron are washable at 30°C to keep the designs looking bright and cheery. The apron is also perfect for painting, crafting and baking, and fastens behind the neck and at the waist with a hook-and-loop fastening for safety and ease of use.
In robust galvanized steel painted in appealing primary colours, the garden bucket and watering can feature friendly mole and frog characters, with fun facts to highlight some of the science which can be learned in the garden.
Every item in the range carries CE certification, demonstrating that it meets EU standards for health, safety, and environmental protection. The packaging of this range has also been created with sustainability in mind, with cardboard from FSC®-certified sources and minimal plastic.
With RRPs ranging from £7.99 to £17.99, the new National Trust ‘Get Me Gardening’ Made by Burgon & Ball range carries the combined customer appeal of these two trusted names in gardening. This colourful and fun collection offers a high-quality, durable new option in children’s gardening tools and brings exciting opportunities to retailers this autumn, ready for Christmas gifting and into the 2021 season.
 HTA report ‘Together we help children grow: the state of Primary school gardening in the UK’ (May 2018) reports that 90% of UK primary schools offer gardening in some form, with over 1.5 million children actively involved. Over a third of those schools feature gardening on the curriculum.
All images: Thanks to National Trust, Kingston Lacy