Welcome to the Budding Foundation website.

 A charity based in Sussex raising funds to support young people in need throughout England & Wales.

Happy New Year for 2019

We are already helping young people with financial assistance, many small grants being made from Guitar lesson fees to college travel.


We are also planning an exciting environmental project with a group of local young people.

 Dec 2018

Clive the charity’s founder has published his book, all profits will benefit the charity. But only if ordered direct from the author as detailed below.

Order your signed copy today with a personal dedication direct from the author. A fantastic Christmas present.

Via post by making payment with PayPal of £18.50 incl P&P to admin@thebuddingfoundation.co.uk

Or contact author direct………….


Also available at…………….

Tates Garden Centre/Heritage Centre, Brighton Road,Hassocks, BN6 9LY

& soon at

TATES, Mayberry Garden Centre

7-17 Old Shoreham Rd, Portslade, Brighton BN41 1SP


TATES, Paradise Park

Avis Rd, Newhaven BN9 0DH


TATES, Old Barn Garden Centre

Worthing Rd, Dial Post, Horsham RH13 8NU

Two Men Went to Mow is the story of two men, born 157 years apart, both obsessed with the lawn mower. Edwin Beard Budding (1796-1846) its ingenious inventor, and Clive Gravett the author, whose passion for the lawn mower and indeed its inventor has led to a Museum & Charity both dedicated to his hero, not to mention his vast collection of mowers spanning 150 years.

As one of the world’s leading authorities on lawnmower history, in this book Gravett tells the story of a world changing piece of machinery which has impacted on our lives, especially with regard to many turf based sports. Would Cristiano Ronaldo be earning his millions if we were still using the scythe to cut grass?

Two Men Went to Mow takes us on an extraordinary and informative journey showing the development of the mower, a narrative of social history and including many famous people from George Stephenson to Diana Dors.

‘This book contains many interesting facts which clearly illustrate the author’s passion and dedication to the subject, together with a unique collection of period images…I strongly recommend this book on a subject we all take for granted’

Jim Buttress, The People’s Gardener


Visit Santa’s magical Toy Factory, even bigger and better than last year with new animated displays for 2018!

We are at South Downs Nurseries, Hassocks, BN6 9LY

Book Here for 2018

We have recently helped Harley who suffers from Cerebral Palsy to improve his life with a state of the art wheelchair, total cost was £4700. Seen here with Lauren his mum & Clive Gravett our founder.

Elves required

We are looking to add to our team of volunteers this year.

Last year our Father Christmas grotto at South Downs Nurseries raised over £11,000 to help support local young people in need.

Can you help us with some volunteering time?

Santa’s toy factory opens every weekend from 24th November, plus possibly a few weekdays.

Elfing shifts are usually between 3 and 4 hours, with some all-day shift available.

If you are interested in helping, please contact our Head Elf Clive without delay.

Email preferred in the first instance



Latest grants made/agreed April 2018


To enable 5  Disadvantaged/Disabled  young people to go on a trip of a lifetime with The Tall Ships Trust, developing their life skills & building self esteem.


Assist with the expenses for 10 young people to complete their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.


A project by the charity & Tates Garden Centres to create a new pond, garden & conservation study area at a local primary school.


Sponsorship of football kit for junior football team in deprived area.


To assist with the purchase of a specialist wheelchair for a young boy with cerebral palsy.

 Numerous smaller grants have been made to buy laptops to help with education, college travel expenses & support to families via our connections with Family Support Workers.


 Previous items of interest………………..

Our Founder Clive Gravett features in the ‘New Statesman’, copy of article below together with ‘Word’ version.

If the article has barrings a smile to your face, how about hitting the donation button & giving the cost of a beer/coffee.

£3 plus gift aid from all readers will go a long way to funding another young person in need. Thank You

New statesman article

 New Statesman above text in word 

Fantastic day at Heritage Centre

Helping BBC Children in need


Please take a few minutes to explore our site and find out about the charity’s work, its formation and how you can help us.

Thank you.

Clive Gravett