The Truggery garden trug  with apples

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Sussex Trug Baskets have been made here since 1899 following a long tradition of trugmaking in Herstmonceux. These are genuine Sussex Trugs made of willow and coppiced sweet chestnut. The timber is sourced locally and each piece is shaved with a drawknife. Looking for a real Sussex Trug? Make sure it is made using the correct materials. If it is made of ply then it is not a Sussex Trug.

The Sussex Trug

Form, Function and Craft

Sarah Page

As quintessentially English as a country garden, the Sussex Trug is a wooden basket made almost exclusively in one small area of East Sussex, using natural, sustainable, local materials. In a beautiful new book, trugmaker Sarah Page takes us into the lives of the makers and explores the fascinating history of the craft in the area. Follow each stage of trugmaking in words and pictures, and understand the traditional techniques of woodland management, whereby the materials for making trugs are sustainably managed. An important and timely record of a disappearing way of life, the book is illustrated with stunning new photography and a wealth of archive pictures. It will appeal to anyone with an interest in gardening. Sussex history or traditional crafts.

To order copies email Price £20

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No charge to visit


Booking & Payment Details

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Property Facilities

  • Gift shop

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups

Map & Directions

The Truggery


Coopers Croft, Herstmonceux, Hailsham, EAST SUSSEX, BN27 1QL

Tel: 01323 832314

Opening Times

* Usually closed Sunday and Monday. These are minimum opening times and we are happy to open for you outside of these hours. Just call and let us know when you would like to visit.
Opening times may vary in the Winter, please check before making a special journey.

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