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At STIGA, we are passionate about gardening. After many years in the world of gardening tools and equipment, the Team has gained a wealth of knowledge and skills when it comes to your garden. They are ready to pass on that wisdom and give you the best advice and instructions to help you make the most out of your outdoor space. Whether you are a  ‘green thumbed’ gardening pro or just a novice that just wants to keep your outdoor space looking fresh and tidy, our STIGA experts are here to unlock the world of gardening for you!

Giant Veg

Kevin Fortey, the man behind the phenomena that is 'Giant Veg', and 8 times (and counting) Guinness World Record holder is passionate about 'growing your own'  fruit and veg. Kevin took over the Giant Veg movement from his late father, Mike Fortey, in 1996, and has since grown some of the worlds largest fruit and veg: 

2015: Worlds Longest Radish (88" or 2.2 Meters) (Record Broken)    
2017: Worlds Heaviest Chilli Pepper (348g)  (Record Broken)
2019: Worlds Heaviest Beetroot (23.995kg) (Current Record)

2022: World's Tallest potato plant measuring 2.847m 9ft 4.1 inches (Current Record)

As a family they also continue to hold the UK record for the largest sunflower head measuring 67″ in circumference. This was achieved by Kevin’s son, Jamie at the Malvern Autumn Show, September 2011.

Kevin often uses STIGA gardening equipment to help him grow his award-winning Giant Veg! Kevin describes himself as a Guinness World Record Holder, Author, Passionate Horticulturalist and family guy. He has also appeared on well-known programmes such as Gardeners World and Countryfile in his role as a Giant Veg growing expert!

You can follow Kevin and the Giant Veg community at 




David Hedges-Gower

David Hedges-Gower is the UK’s leading lawn expert and has more than 36 years of lawn and turf experience. Professional grounds people, landscape specialists, commercial property developers and leisure gardeners – have benefited from David’s enthusiasm and knowledge. David is a National Trust advisor and was formerly advisor to Homebase, he is a regular on BBC Radio and a favourite on the national horticultural lecture circuit. David’s fantastic book on Modern Lawn Care extends his love for and knowledge of the topic. This is the first comprehensive and authoritative guide to lawn care for over 40 years!

Steve Fives - Cheshire Home and Vista

Steve Fives together with his wonderful partner Jenny are the proud owners and custodians of the fabulous location home and gardens - Cheshire Home and Gardens.

Steve looks after the breathtaking lawns and garden - a gardening pro with the best lawn stripes we have ever seen! Steve uses STIGA gardening equipment including our Twinclip 950e VR Kit to help him create and maintain their stunning lawns.

"Elevated high above the stunning Cheshire Plain, with views of five counties with the dramatic Welsh hills as a backdrop, it is a truly unique and stunning location.


Professionally landscaped two-acres of gardens and grounds with spectacular vistas, With an exotic Mediterranean palm theme blending seamlessly with traditional country house box hedging and mature trees, it is a completely unique fusion. Our manicured lawns, including a quirky ha-ha, are often admired and are certainly a labour of love!"

This breathtaking location is regularly featured in commercials, tv programmes and music videos - find out more at

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