Worthing National Trust Association
A far more interesting talk than the title suggested, and good presentation.
The museum opened in March 2016, with the formal opening in July 2016 by Jim Buttress.
Opening times from 9.00 am – 5.30 pm Monday to Saturday and 10.30 am -
There is no charge for entry. The museum contains a rare collection of lawn mowers, together with the story of its development, plus many other old and interesting gardening tools.
Edwin Beard Budding in 1830 made one of the great intellectual leaps of the 19th century -
In that instant, the lawnmower was born, and it has barely changed to this day. Compare it to the fine-
For more information you can read more in Clive’s book:
Text and photos by Gill Johnson
The History of Lawn Mowers
And the Budding Foundation
Clive Gravett came along to tell us all about the lawn mower! He has been a keen horticulturist from his childhood. However, he worked in banking for over 20 years before resigning to start his own conservation and horticultural business. He was based in Ditchling at the Mid Sussex Golf club where he arranged beds in many and various styles and colours.
Clive is renowned for his research into lawnmower history and his collection of vintage mowers, so he decided to dedicate his charity to Edwin Beard Budding a much-
In 2015/2016 Clive’s dream of setting up a museum happened. Working with the owners of the new South Downs Heritage Centre ‘The Budding Museum of Gardening’ opened. Still a work in progress but he is certainly achieving his ambition to create a focal point to promote the charity further.
Victorian bedding at the Museum