Royal Sussex Garden Trug

Royal Sussex Garden Trug

  • £119.95
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Artisan made Trugs for carrying produce and flower cuttings safely from your estate to the kitchen. These trugs will last for years and become a loved family heirloom.

A quick potted history of the trug:

The “trog” was a wooden vessel hewn from solid timber in the shape of the round coracle boat that the Anglo Saxons used for their daily business.

In the 1820's Thomas Smith re-invented the “trog” carefully designing a lightweight basket using Sweet Chestnut and Cricket Bat Willow. When Thomas made his trugs there was a ready market for them on farms and in gardens throughout England.

In 1851, when he attended The Great Exhibition at The Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London, Queen Victoria visited his stand and was so impressed by his product that she ordered some personally as gifts for members of the Royal Family. Thomas Smith was awarded the Royal Warrant, hence the term Royal Sussex Trug.

The Royal Sussex trugs are still almost completely hand-made in the traditional ways and of course in Sussex.

They make a delightful gift for a keen gardener or flower grower - or a real treat of a trug for life for yourself!

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TW-30039 TW-30040
Height(cm) 23 30
Width(cm) 45 56
Depth(cm) 23 30
Weight 0.74 kg 0.972 kg

The trugs are handcrafted using Sweet Chestnut wood.

The Royal Sussex Trug handles and rims are shaved by hand to the correct width and thickness. The trugs are then steamed making the chestnut pliable. The wood is then bent round a former to make the handle and rim.

The boards are held in place with solid copper tacks.

Each trug is individually hand made, stamped and signed by the craftsman.

Made in Sussex.

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