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South Downs Heritage Centre

Artists & Makers

Jane Vere-Hodge


I'm proud to design and develop innovative, eco-friendly kitchen and garden tools and gifts.

The idea for the business came about when, due to over-enthusiastic seed buying and planting typical of a new gardener, I was faced with the problem of not having enough pots for my seedlings. And like many gardeners, I was unwilling to discard the ‘spares’.

Keen to garden organically, to minimize my environmental impact, and to use the principles of reduce, reuse, recycle, I designed the Paper Potter, initially making it on a wood-turning lathe. I created a tool which used up old newspapers by turning them into biodegradable pots which didn’t cost a penny and had the added bonus of saving me from carting stacks of newsprint to the recycling bins!

Over the years, we have added many more innovative, beautifully crafted tools and gifts to our range. Central to our thinking is William Morris’s philosophy of combining use and practicality with beauty and good design. Many of our products are based on traditional designs. Sometimes we take traditional tools and add a modern twist. And where there is a need for a new product, we fill it with something which we hope will become a new classic. Our wooden products are all made from sustainably managed (FSC) wood or from salvaged wood.

Our company is staffed with people who garden and cook. We all appreciate using well-designed equipment, especially when we’ve designed it ourselves, and we test our products rigorously before putting them on sale.

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Jane Vere-Hodge

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Jane Vere-Hodge

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Jane Vere-Hodge


I'm proud to design and develop innovative, eco-friendly kitchen and garden tools and gifts.

The idea for the business came about when, due to over-enthusiastic seed buying and planting typical of a new gardener, I was faced with the problem of not having enough pots for my seedlings. And like many gardeners, I was unwilling to discard the ‘spares’.

Keen to garden organically, to minimize my environmental impact, and to use the principles of reduce, reuse, recycle, I designed the Paper Potter, initially making it on a wood-turning lathe. I created a tool which used up old newspapers by turning them into biodegradable pots which didn’t cost a penny and had the added bonus of saving me from carting stacks of newsprint to the recycling bins!

Over the years, we have added many more innovative, beautifully crafted tools and gifts to our range. Central to our thinking is William Morris’s philosophy of combining use and practicality with beauty and good design. Many of our products are based on traditional designs. Sometimes we take traditional tools and add a modern twist. And where there is a need for a new product, we fill it with something which we hope will become a new classic. Our wooden products are all made from sustainably managed (FSC) wood or from salvaged wood.

Our company is staffed with people who garden and cook. We all appreciate using well-designed equipment, especially when we’ve designed it ourselves, and we test our products rigorously before putting them on sale.

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Heritage Centre Opening Hours

Monday - Saturday: 9:00 - 17:30
Sunday: 10:30 - 16:30 (Browsing from 10:00) 

The Barn Coffee Shop & Restaurant Opening Hours

Monday - Saturday: 9:00 - 17:30
Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00

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Tates Of Sussex

The South Downs Heritage Centre is located at South Downs Nurseries, part of the Tates of Sussex Garden Centre Group