pRODUCT REVIEWS: CHRISTMAS GIFTS (DECEMBER 21)

Here are a few Christmas gifts ideas for your green-fingered friends and family

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PASSIFLORA TROWEL AND FORK

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This RHS-endorsed trowel and fork set has purple painted hardwood handles, FSC certified, and mirror-polished stainless steel heads. The trowel head is engraved with a famous quote from garden designer Gertrude Jekyl: “The love of gardening is a seed once sown, that never dies.” Both garden tools carry a lifetime guarantee against manufacturing defects.

KG VERDICT

This would make an excellent gift, practical and attractive at the same time. It is presented in a beautiful box with a ribbon trim. The Passiflora pattern on the back features a watercolour of Monier’s Passion Flower by James Bolton, which dates from about 1790, specially selected from The Royal Horticultural Society’s Lindley Collections. Very well made, and made to last – this set will not disappoint.

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BURGON & BALL
www.burgonandball.com
TEL: 0114 233 8262
PRODUCT CODE: N/A
PRICE: £24.99

TOP PICK
MAINICHI SECATEURS

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Made from SK85 carbon steel, this pair of Japanese secateurs have yellow, vinyl-grip handles and 55mm blades suitable for cuts of 10 -15mm, depending on plant type. The secateurs come with a catch at the bottom for keeping the blades shut when not in use.

KG VERDICT
These are an excellent pair of secateurs, with handles nicely contoured for a comfortable grip. The bypass blades are very sharp and with just about the right tension in the action for most hands. The catch at the base of the handles is both robust and secure, so ensuring the blades don’t inadvertently slip open when not in use. Sleek and solid in a pleasing yellow these are an excellent pruning choice for both green and woody stems of a range of plants and shrubs.

NIWAKI
www.niwaki.com
TEL: 01747 445059
PRODUCT CODE: N/A
PRICE GUIDE: £42

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TOP PICK

ULTIMAX GLOVES

Made from strong but supple synthetic leather, these close-fitting Ultimax gloves have textured palm pads for improved grip and a stretchy elastane back. They feature a reinforced ‘shock absorber’ on the knuckle and reinforced fingertips. Available in pink, green or blue, medium (8in), large (9in) or extra large (10in).

KG VERDICT
These are a very well-made pair of gloves, close fitting with a Velcro wrist strap. The padded palms offer protection for tasks like digging where pressure is put on the palms, and the thicker band around the knuckles cushions the back of the hand too. The reinforced fingertips offer good protection too and, as they are touch sensitive, are also smartphone friendly. The elastane back offers flexibility as well as allowing the gloves to ‘breathe’. These are an excellent pair of gloves suitable for a wide range of gardening tasks.

TOWN & COUNTRY
www.townandco.com
TEL: ORDER ONLINE
PRODUCT CODE: TGL445M/L/XL
PRICE GUIDE: £17.99

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