New Museum Exhibit

New museum exhibit nearly ready.

We have engineered a 100yr old Thomas Greens Multum-in-Parvo to allow safe operation by children to see how the mower works.

Video below by our Head of Testing who is still wearing his goggles after doing a bit of welding!

Will hopefully be installed by early April, behind perspex to satisfy the H & S requirements.

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Recent Grants

Financial support for care leaver to assist with degree course at Sussex University.

Laptop for young carer to help with college work whilst at home caring for her sick mother and siblings.

Fares for young lad to be able to attend Princes Youth Trust course.

A grant to support Sussex youth clubs.

Funds to help with purchase of adapted wheelchair for disabled child.

Funds to cover cost of counselling/mentoring for young people. 

Many other grants being made to help those who really need financial support to make a difference to their quality of life.


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Budding Museum of Gardening is open

Museum opened on Thursday 10th March, still a work in progress but lots to see. The barn is also full of lovely food, specialist cakes, cheeses, sweets, ice cream also art, crafts, flowers & much  more.

Not forgetting BEER, we are well stocked with Budding Pale Ale & other beers & wines

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Never too young to make a donation, one of the first was from this little chap who loved our unique donations box, See that penny go!

HC donations box

Some of the 30 vintage mowers we have 1860s to 1960s

HC main mower stand 1 HC main mower stand 2 HC main mower stand view of museum

The smaller & rarer ones.

HC mower stand small

Pruning & Training exhibit, a bit of finishing off to be done, on other side we have Watering & Spraying.

 HC pruning stand

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Days to Museum opening!

Deadline approaches , with mowers & tools arriving for display within the museum area.

The barn is also busy with the specialist craft & food people setting up their areas also artists displays etc.

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The Budding Museum of Gardening (The Barn)

Excellent progress with the barn only a couple of months to go, keen to get started installing our exhibits. The carpenters are hard at work putting the display stands together back in their workshop.

Barn 1

View from main entrance

Barn 3

From Mezzanine Floor looking down.


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Plinth above taking shape, measures 2.4m x 1.6m, will be topped with astro turf & a white picket fence end to end down centre, with edgers & small mowers either side. Slopes will be perspex covered & contain information on displayed the items.


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One of our larger plinths shown above measures a massive 4.2m x 2.4m and will display some of our larger motor mowers, together with part of our poster collection, the slopes again being used for information on exhibits.

Several other units are under construction for display of general garden history items. Also our garden timeline wall, Plus of course the full Budding story.

We are planning to include touch screen facilities to accommodate our massive archive of material, and make it readily available for general interest & research.

Watch this space!

14 Jan 2016

Not forgetting the restaurant which is already up & running!

barn coffee inside


 13th Feb 2016

A bit of paint going on, waiting for the astro turf to grow!!



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South Downs Heritage Centre


We are pleased to be involved with the new South Downs heritage centre in hassocks due to open in March. This will become a focal point for the charity within this fabulous £2.5m project. We will be displaying our collection of vintage lawnmowers together with a timeline of gardening history in a museum setting, including many rare artifacts.

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Young Carers

carers fun dayBurgess Hill Youth website

We are pleased to be funding Young Carers fun days in 2016

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Adur Special Needs

Adur Special Needs Project receive there new sensory equipment funded by a £600 grant from The Budding Foundation.Adur special needs Sep 2015

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Weekend Event in Ditchling (Mid Sussex Golf Club) Fri 14th to Sun 16th August

We will be displaying our full collection of Vintage Mowers & Gardening Tools together with our Pop-Up museum tent giving the full story of how the Lawn & Lawnmower were created.

Refreshments, lunches etc available from the club bar/restaurant.

Competition with some fantastic prizes

Plant & Garden Sundries Sale.

Try your hand at Croquet!

Fantastic flower display/gardens to see

Open to all 10am to 5pm.


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Ryan gets his trike! Over £2700 raised

Ryan Photo

What a fantastic result, Ryan a 5yr old who was born with severe brain damage and has limited movement in his limbs and unable to walk, now has the independance of riding a specially adapted trike.

Thanks to his Aunt Tammy who headed up the fundraising and the many people who made donations to our charity to give Ryan his new set of wheels!

Click on this link to download & watch a short video of Ryan on his trike.

Ryan trike video


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