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October 2005

This Week at Wiggly Wigglers

By Heather 14 years ago

WW in the News
You may have seen the feature about Wiggly Wigglers in The Daily Mirror earlier this month. (If you missed it, have a look at
Following on from that in next months Grow Your Own Magazine we have a questions and answers bit (about organic and natural gardening).
We've started to get some feedback on our blog.
Check out John's ramblings on http://choffee.co.uk/ramble/2005/10/12/wormcasts/
and here's the latest email I've received on the subject

Dear Heather,

I must admit I'm hooked on the Wiggly podcasts - they're brilliant. They're the perfect thing to help me survive my tube journeys to and from work, and they're extremely interesting too.

I have a question, though. Who is Richard? I've looked on your website, and in the "team" section you're there (naturally), but Richard is mysteriously absent. He seems to know everything about anything, though, so he shouldn't have to be hidden from view!

So perhaps you need to do a quick intro about him? And of course we'd all like to know more about Farmer Phil...!

Kind regards,

Mark A

Richard is indeed a fountain of all knowledge and will be on the "Meet the Team" section on our website from November! He's in charge of manning our show stands, as well as talks to gardening clubs and other interested parties. He also runs our affiliate scheme for schools and all our school projects. There will be more on Richard and indeed Farmer Phil on next weeks podcast!!

Wiggly Podcast makes the Top 100

By Heather 14 years ago

Great News!
Wiggly Wigglers Podcast makes the Top 100 in iTunes. At the time of writing it's number 48 and number three in the science category. It would be great to keep it there, tell your friends......

Wiggly Podcast 0002 Show Notes

By Heather 14 years ago

We're having a lot of fun with the Wiggly Podcasts.
Richard has been revamping a school pond at St Pauls in Hereford. He has relined the pool, the fire brigade has refilled it and the children have been making Bug Bottles with old pop bottles filled with hollow stems which will encourage bees, and bugs to overwinter.
He also gave a talk to a local Rotary Club on gardening for wildlife and is available for other organisations. For more details contact him on richard@wigglywigglers.co.uk. Our schools affiliate scheme is progressing, its a great way for schools to get Wiggly product free of charge by putting a link on their website. For more details see the Wiggly homepage or contact Richard.
Richard talks this week about hedgehogs and what they need in a garden to thrive. For more info see the Mammal Society's website at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/mammal/
Wiggly Wigglers has just launched its new ranch of Mammal mixes, including a hedgehog food and and badger mix.
The book review is of Wildlife Ponds by Jenny Steel.
This week Farmer Phil is ploughing and planting his Autumn Crops and talks about deer. On Saturday night I was on my way home and met a Stag on the road just outside the farm drive. Most of the deer on our farm originated in Moccas Deer Park which is managed by English Nature http://www.english-nature.org.uk
Alison's plant of the week is Spindle - Euonymus europaeus.
Small, greeny flowers that give way to pink fruits which eventually split to reveal orange seeds. Leaves turn red in autumn. Food plant of Holly Blue butterfly.
If you would like to comment on our podcast please do so here or email me at heather@wigglywigglers.co.uk

Wiggly Beehive

By Heather 14 years ago

I'm really pleased to see the Wiggly Beehive reviewed in The Independent last week. Pip makes all the beehive composters here on the farm and then they are painted by Noelle and Maggie.
There's a bit online, I've put the link below:
Your Planet: The ten best gardening products
Chosen by Sally J Hall
Published: 20 September 2005
1.Wiggly Wigglers Beehive Composter
There's no need to hide this attractive composter away at the bottom of the garden. Made from sustainable, treated timber, this comes in four stackable sections and features a front door to harvest your compost. The clever design allows air to circulate within the bin and it's available in a range of seven new colours including pink. 0800 216990 www.wigglywigglers.co.uk £120 plain, £140 painted
We've put a pink one in the garden here at Blakemere and it looks really good against the verbena and the grasses. It works great too. The beehive is quite small so its a good idea to get as much microbial activity happening in there as possible. You can help the composting process by adding your worm liquid regularly or Bokashi composted material. Ours is in the flower garden and there's a tendency to put just dead heads into the composter which can dry out unless you add something else - greeny waste would be good too - glass clippings etc.

Wiggly Winners!!

By Heather 14 years ago

Some time ago the farm's bank manager encouraged Wiggly Wigglers to enter the British Small Business Champion Awards run by the Federation of Small Business and Lloyds TSB.
They were looking for all well-run small enterprises that had been in operation for at least five years, employing fewer than 50 people and offering excellent customer service.
We thought we would give it a go and on Wednesday night we were at the awards for the finalists from the Central region. Over 70 companies had entered and we were down to the last six which were:
Bambino Mio: The UK's leading supplier of cotton reusable nappies, employing over 25 people and supplying 20 countries around the world.
DRP Group: A group with enormous client loyalty offering a wide range of presentation and communication solutions for a diverse range of corporate markets accros the globe expanding its key divisions of event, video, and interative production.
Fogarty Formal Hire: They looked wonderful at the dinner in full bow tie attire, Fogarty adopts a modern approach to formal hire and one of them in fact is a Wiggly customer - finding us at Chelsea Flower Show!
Flooringsupplies.co.uk a customer focused wooden and vinyl floor retailer and wholesaler.
The Rooms: Another Heather. The rooms provides a range of spa and beauty treatments both on site and mobile at exhibitions and events. They have set up a training school in partnership with North Hertfordshire college and has trained many award winning students.
and finally:
Wiggly Wigglers, which I described as a cross between the Darling Buds of May and a Haynes Motor Manual! Providing a vision of how your garden could look- bursting with colour and buzzing with wildlife and then providing step by step instructions of how to turn that vision into reality.....
and we.........won!
Congratulations from me to all the finalists - I think we all enjoyed the evening, and also to each and every member of the Wiggly Team here at Blakemere: In the office Rachel, San, Richard, Nicky, Jo and Alison and in despatch Jodie, Noelle, Maggie, Sylv, Ricky and Wendy. Well done, and welcome back to Ann on Monday.
Jonathan Davies - the Welsh Rugby player and BBC commentator presented us with the trophy. (By the way he asked the waitress what the vegetarian was, and she honestly answered "its a person who doesn't eat meat.....sir")
We now go through to the National Final at Claridges in November so it sounds like an even better tea party!