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The Gardener's Lament Mug - By John Bird

John Bird's ode to Weeds raises money for The Big Issue and Gardening Charities!

Matching Tea Towel available.

"I’ve published my first poem on a tea towel. And also on a mug. You can buy The Gardener’s Lament, about the continuous struggles of gardeners to overcome the seemingly insuperable power of weeds. I want to sell hundreds of thousands of products with the money going to gardening charities and to The Big Issue. It’s another experiment in trying to create trade, selling to the public things that they might want to buy; and to use trade as a means to help charities to continue with their special support work. "

John Bird - Founder & Editor in Chief (The Big Issue)

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