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The original gardeners' secret weapon.

The story of jute and twine is entwined with the history of Dundee as much as jam and journalism is. At one time there were an estimated 131 jute processors in and around Dundee. Nutscene being one of them. The industry employed over 50,000 women workers. In fact, Dundee was nicknamed ‘Jutoplolis’. But globalisation is not a new phenomenon, the growers of jute in India realised they too could manufacture and so the jute factories began to dwindle as production moved to places like Calcutta and the skilled workers of Dundee followed the industry with promises of promotions and pay rises. The twine, hessian sacks and canvas industry fell from grace. This was one of the hardest times for Dundee as an industry as unemployment reached record highs.

Robertson Ireland ltd was established in 1922 just before the mighty crash of the jute industry. They produced jute twine, hessian sacks and gardening ancillary products. They patented the Nutscene brand in 1930, that is still loved by gardeners and horticulturists the world over. Its name derives from the green twine being ‘not scene’ when used in the garden. The pull from the centre spool was a sensation and sales began to grow rapidly.

Nutscene is still based near Dundee; Forfar to be precise and they still use the same machinery to create Nutscene and jute spools that were used all the way back in 1922. You only have to look at its packaging to understand its British heritage. There is still no other jute twine that can compare to Nutscene for quality, strength and softness. But they are not stuck in some misty eyed past, Nutscene are always trying to improve their offering, innovating and inventing all of the time.

Like any great British brand with a wealth of history, Nutscene takes its social responsibilities serious and has forged a wonderful relationship with a mill in Bangladesh that supplies the jute. The mill has been nationally praised for worker welfare and care and has won numerous awards for exportation.

Nutscene is perfect if you are plotting to potter around the potting shed.

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