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This weekend is The Big Garden Birdwatch!

The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch takes place on Saturday 27th – Monday 29th January and helps the RSPB build a picture of garden wildlife in the UK.

Last year, around 500,00 people all over the UK took part – that’s a lot of bird counting! With all the data that everyone has collected over the years, it means that the RSPB can monitor trends and understand how birds are doing.

So, fill up your feeders, load up your tables and count the wildlife that’s counting on you!

Here are our top tips on attracting birds on the day and getting in to the spirit of the day!

  • Find a good place to sit for an hour that gives you the best view of where most of the birds will be attracted to. This will usually be where ever your bird table or feeder is placed.
  • Make sure you have somewhere to jot down what you see. The RSPB also have a great counting tool to keep track of what you’ve seen.
  • The same bird may land more than once so only submit the highest number of bird you see at a time.

For more information and to request a pack, visit:

A bird table is going to give you the best view of what birds visit your garden and is suitable for any kind of bird feed so here’s our tips on getting the right bird table:

  • You don’t want your bird table to be too small as this will lead the birds to fight more than feed. You want the area of the table to be 3-4 square feet or more.
  • You want the post of your bird table to be smooth and straight, this will make it harder for any predators to climb to the top of the table.
  • Make sure that there are no sharp edges which will endanger birds’ feet.

Now load up that bird table and see what birds you can spot!

Have your pets “cartooned” by illustrator Mark Bardsley!

Visit our Pets department at Coed-y-Dinas and have local illustrator Mark draw your animal friends from a photo/mobile device.
On the spot drawings from just £10 per pet!
Bank Holiday Monday 28 August, 9.30am – 5.30pm, Pet Department, Coed-y-Dinas Garden Centre
Please note: live pets are not allowed to enter the store

Giant Easter Egg Competition Winners

Congratulations to Olwen Evans and Aaron Wyatt who were the winners of the Easter Egg Competition we held In-Store! Hope you both enjoyed all that chocolate!
Many thanks to all of you who entered the competition – be on the lookout for future giveaways.

Together We’ve Raised £13,239 for Charities


Picture Above:Managing Director Designate, Rebecca Lloyd (second from left) and our Plants Buyer,Anthony Dunstan Burns (third from left) hand over a cheque to the Wales Air Ambulance team at Welshpool Airport

With your help, we have raised over £10,000 for two Air Ambulance charities, and £2,800 for the Royal British Legion, through fundraising initiatives held last year.

A yearly campaign that sees £2 donated from the sales of each live Christmas tree at Charlies resulted in £7,905 raised for the Wales Air Ambulance and £2,534 raised for the Midlands-based air ambulance charity.

We are also delighted to announce that together we raised £2,800 through a joint-effort with Gardman for The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

Gardman, the UK’s leading garden product wholesaler, pledged to donate 50p from every Cast Iron Poppy Feeder sold to the Armed Forces Charity.

We were keen to match their 50p donation, raising the amount donated to £1 per sale. An amazing 5600 items were sold throughout our eight stores across Wales, our Shrewsbury Store, and online.

“We are delighted with the amount raised through our initiatives for The Royal British Legion and Air Ambulance charities. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers for their support in choosing to shop with us and get behind these important and meaningful causes.”

Rebecca Lloyd, Managing Director Designate, Charlies Stores Ltd.

Charlies Stores Raises an Amazing £6,607 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association

What started as a bet over 12 months ago between Chris Lloyd, Charlies Stores Managing Director and Gwyn Watkins, Head Tools Buyer has now turned into a massive fundraiser. Once again it was decided that for every torch sale of the Rolson LED coloured flashlight Charlies would donate the profit to the MNDA.

“We are delighted by the result of this fundraiser as the MNDA is a very worthwhile cause and one we are proud to support. We would like to thank all our customers who purchased one of these great little torches.”
Rebecca Lloyd, Charlies Director

The Montgomeryshire Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association are a small group of volunteers who have been in existence for over 30 years.  During that time they have struggled to publicise the work of the charity within the Montgomeryshire area, where much help is offered to sufferers, their carers and family.

“The Montgomeryshire Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association are indebted to Chris and Rebecca Lloyd, Directors at Charlies for their foresight in their recent fundraising efforts through the sale of torches, this being the second year, and for the absolutely amazing sum of £6,607 they have donated. They are very grateful to all the staff at Charlies for their enthusiasm in promoting the sale of the torches and to all the Customers who purchased them.  They wish it to be known this money will be put to good use for research and for the care of sufferers from this cruel disease, for which as yet no cure is available”
– Miss Jean Humphreys and Miss Pat Egerton Joint Secretaries for Montgomeryshire MNDA

Last year, under the same initiative, Charlies Stores raised over four and a half thousand pounds for MNDA.

Heading High for Hope House

Staff members from Charlies Stores in Market Street, Newtown, climbed Mount Snowdon to raise awareness and funds for the Hope House charity. Through kind donations made by our loyal customers, the team managed to raise a fantastic amount of £1200. Chris Lloyd the Managing Director of Charlies donated a further £500, making an impressive total of £1700.

Our toy suppliers also came up trumps by sending lots of toys and gifts to donate along with the money.

The money donated will be going towards many projects that this fantastic charity offers children, young people and their families who are in need. Such projects include hydrotherapy sessions, to fund nurses who help look after children at home in their final hours, a day out for children to remember and towards the cost of much needed specialist physiotherapy.

Hope House Children’s Hospice operates across Shropshire, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales. It supports and provides care to life-limited children, young people and their families.



Caramalised Onion Chutney
A traditional favourite, easy to make and very enjoyable with cheese and grilled meats.

Click here to download the onion chutney recipe

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