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Bridge Farm Plants


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Conquest Plants Nursery

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East of Eden Nursery NEW FOR 2018

Eco-Abode NEW FOR 2018

Edrom Nurseries


Green End Farm Nursery NEW FOR 2018

Green's Leaves

Hall Farm Nursery

Hillview Hardy Plants

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Jurassic Plants

Linda Scott Hardy Plants

Lyneal Mill Nursery

Malcolm Allison Plants

Mandsand Plants

Mayfields Plants

Meadow View Plants

Mucklestone Nurseries

Mynd Hardy Plants

Norfolk Log Planters

North Staffs Hostas

Orchard Furniture

Ornamental Gardenware NEW FOR 2018

Packhorse Farm Nursery

Penmere Plants

Piecemeal Plants

Plantazia Lincoln


Pops Plants 2 NEW FOR 2018

Pottertons Nursery

Roseland House


Standwell Tools NEW FOR 2018

Stonyford Cottage Nursery

Studio8 Pottery

The Cottage Herbery

The Friary Workshop NEW FOR 2018

The Gobbett Nursery

Tissington Nursery

Trevor Edwards Plants

Vertical Shores NEW FOR 2018

Wildegoose Nursery

Standwell Tools

I run Standwell Tools as a hobby to help gardeners avoid back problems. I did not hurt my back gardening but once challenged I could no longer use a short English spade which really is a very poor tool in an ergonomic sense. I have a dodgy back including a herniated disc but I find as long as I use these tools and take care I can carry out most tasks, and I do have a fair sized garden to deal with.  You can carry on gardening but you have to approach the work in the right way and for me a major factor is to use my carefully designed extra long handled tools.

The tools are sourced in the UK and I subsidise the cost.  This type of design ought to be the common standard in these safety conscious times both for domestic & trade use. However, as I have found there is great resistance in the UK market to the use of anything except a short spade. The short spade or English spade as termed in the US, is not a designed tool and is entirely flawed if any consideration is given to potential back injuries. 

All the tools have been made to my copyrighted design by Richard Carter Ltd in Yorkshire who have been making tools for the trade for 275 years. The heads are forged rather than welded (the common standard in all tools under £20) and will never break in normal use, I would certainly expect you to be able to pass them on to the next generation.

With best wishes for the your gardening future,   Alan.

Contact Details for Standwell Tools

Alan Waterfall

Phone: 07779 169 792