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Every year it is with excitement that we unwrapped the cellophane of the December issue to view the following year's (free) Calendar. For years now, this has been has had pride of place on the kitchen's noticeboard. However, the 'recession' has, like Ash die-back, affected the once magestic Calendar - it's got smaller. Titchy.

We would gladly pay an extra £2.00 for the December issue if the publishers would revert back to the size of the 2012 (and prior) Calendar for the next year's printing (2014 Calendar).

Sorry, GW Publishers, you've made a mistake this year with the size reduction.



I agree. Felt really disappointed this morning

. Have always hung the calender so that the lovely photos can be seen, 2013 is too small. Us gardeners do use them for writing on. I guess looking at the spaces I will no longer be able to write what I have done ie seeds sown on it. Just too small.



Caz W

It's like the chocolate bars - they now make them smaller and keep the price the same to try and fool us


There is one day less in 2013 than 2012-it was bound to be smaller

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Caz W

Got a really nice good sized wildlife calendar in one of the pound shops last year so will be looking out for them again .

For me, the size is fine but I think the quotes spoil the lovely photographs!

Thank you for the feedback. The majority of the responses are "too small".

Perhaps, INTERMEDIA and GW Editor could revert back to its previous size and reduce the nefarious text/copy printed on it?

I am so disappointed in the calendar, and the quality of the paper in the magazine this month . It would be better to pay more than have this loss of quality . I also feel there are far too many advertisements in relation to the gardening features !

I only occasionally buy gardeners world mag but always do for the calendar. Judging by the remarks here it doesn't seem worthwhile this year. Prob go out and buy decent one
...I would like a gardening magazine that's more than just the basics, that's a deeper read and that focuses on PLANTS. Does such a magazine exist?

I bought Grow Your Own this week , Never seen it before and was impressed by the amount of content and detail


I started a thread about the calendar in the potting shed. It is still a lovely calendar and the pictures are beautiful, it was the size that took me by surprise. Like Verdun says, it is free so thumbs up for that.

Thank you for your feedback.


We were very dissapointed with the size of the calendar.  Please bring back the old larger size.  Is this a sign of the changes after BBC selling the title?

Peter Jones


I no longer subscribe to GW but always make a point of buying Dec. issue for the calendar - except this year! Firstly, I couldn't find it - no plastic bag or cardboard band around the mag, erm.. its inside, part of and  attached to the mag. itself. Secondly, what a disappointment - paper quality is poor and therefore the picture quality is poor. I'll be spending my money on a decent calendar instead...maybe I'll go for a Countryfile one  - its for a great cause and I assume is good quality. Any experiences?

Ditto Daimtiness

I subscribe to,the RHS magazine but looked to get gardeners world mag simply for the calendar.  It looks pretty ordinary...maybe fit for computer will look elsewhere.  

Obviously the creators of gardeners world mag have disregarded our views of last year and produced the same thing again   ( can't believe where this year has gone)


I've got my GW calendar in my hand - I had no problem finding it - there it was in the magazine   I can discern no difference in size or paper quality from last year other than that the front and back covers are more matt than previously - the photos for each month have a glossy finish, and they're the pictures we'll be looking at, not the cover.  

It came free with a magazine - I think it's a bargain. 

You pay £9 for the Countryfile calendar of which "at least" £4 goes to Children in Need - from which I deduce that the calendar costs approximately £5.

Personally speaking, I'd rather give CIN £9, buy my GW magazine as usual and enjoy both the magazine and a free calendar. 


I need my big year planner in the hall to keep up with where I am. One with plant pics on it would be lovely. I haven't seen one yet