This year is proving to be a very exciting one for Bulldog Tools, so we thought we would take this opportunity to keep you up to date with what’s going on.

HMS Bulldog

We were recently contacted by the Malcolm Wilkinson, the Honorary Secretary of the HMS Jamaica Association who wrote to us regarding a spade they have in their possession. The spade, which was made by us in 1929 under the name English Tools Ltd is engraved with the name HMS Bulldog and was recently used in a presentation to young Sea Cadets. HMS Bulldog was a B Class Destroyer built for the Royal Navy and completed in April of 1930. Her actions include the capture of an Enigma machine from the German submarine U-110 in 1941, and the sinking another German submarine in 1944. Thank you to Malcolm for getting in touch and letting us know about this great old spade.

Young Horticulturalist of the Year

It is with great pride that Bulldog Tools announce that we are one of the national sponsors of the 2014 Young Horticulturist of the Year. This year’s competition includes more than 2,000 participants, with total prizes exceeding £10,000 for the first time and the £2,000 Percy Thrower Travel Bursary going to the winner. We are donating sets of our British made Bulldog Tools to successful entrants and hope that using quality tools will become an important part of their long careers. You can read more about the competition here.

Big Spade at the Eden Project

As many of you will have already read on this blog, we were recently awarded the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Spade. This week the spade arrived at its new home, the Eden Project in Cornwall where it will be displayed alongside Eden’s iconic biomes and have the chance to be seen by many of the 1 million visitors who travel to the Project each year. Bulldog Tools Managing Director, Stuart Elsom said: ‘We are very excited that our World Record spade will be on display at the Eden Project in Cornwall and we hope that the partnership between Bulldog and Eden will continue for many years to come.’ We were also able to donate £1,000 worth of our British made garden tools to the Eden Project for use by their horticultural staff.

Lingfield Horticultural Society

Our Friend the garden broadcaster John Negus continues to visit gardening and horticultural clubs and societies giving his popular talks on a variety of gardening topics. Last week he visited the gardeners of Lingfield Horticultural Society in Surrey and took them some of our famous Bulldog Junior Springbok Rakes to try. John commented that it was a very good evening and ‘They loved the width and strength of the tines and the elegant handles’. One keen member also added ‘Just what I could do with for teasing autumn leaves from among our border plants, and for raking out weeds I’ve removed with a hoe’. If you want to invite John to your own garden club, you can visit his website here.

International Hardware Fair 2014

Bulldog Tools featured on the Rollins Group stand at this month’s International Hardware Fair in Cologne, Germany. With trade customers attending from all over the world, the show was a great opportunity for us to show off our ranges of shovels, forks, spades and other quality tools to international buyers.

New Catalogue

The latest version of the Rollins Group catalogue is now available and includes the most up to date range of Bulldog Tools as well as the other brands in the Rollins Group portfolio. To receive a copy, simply email us at:

Posted in About Bulldog By Stuart Elsom On 16th March 2014

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