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About Us

Orchardcards.co.uk is an online greetings card shop carrying a huge choice of upmarket and unsentimental cards for birthdays and other occasions, cherry-picked from nearly a hundred publishers and artists.  We specialise in greeting cards depicting natural history and country life, and have a strong humour range.  We also offer a good choice of tasteful wrapping papers, ribbon and, during the autumn, traditional (non-chocolate) advent calendars.


Our aim is to provide the highest levels of customer service with all the convenience of shopping on the internet.   Although we quote 3pm in our "Terms and Conditions" (to err on the cautious side in busy periods), in practice most orders received before about 4.30pm on a working day are dispatched the same afternoon.  Many arrive the next morning by Royal Mail.


Our history …


The idea for the business germinated because I couldn’t buy the kind of cards I like locally, and used to stock up about twice a year at card shops further afield.  I realised that other people might also find it convenient to buy greetings cards by mail order and so, after fifteen years working in finance and having struggled to juggle a professional career with two young children, I started the business in April 2006 and it’s been growing ever since.


The team …


In the office, based in rural South Cheshire, you may come across:  

- me, Tonia Rutherford.  I do all the stock buying, managing the website content, many of the customer service queries and all of the financial stuff

- Becky Pass, who packs the orders and helps with admin  

- my husband, Richard Rutherford, who is in charge of making the tea and other trivial stuff such as logistics, technology and marketing    

- and, occasionally, our children, Kate and Charlie, who still haven’t grasped the concept of ceasing conversation when the phone rings - sorry!


We hope you like the site.   Please do get in touch if you have any comments or suggestions.


Best wishes

Tonia Rutherford

Orchardcards.co.uk is an online shop selling real greetings cards: birthday cards, funny cards, children’s age cards, Christmas cards, St Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Easter & Father’s Day cards, christening & new baby cards, congratulations, good luck and leaving cards, thank you cards, new job and new home cards, engagement, wedding & anniversary cards, sympathy and thinking of you cards and traditional advent calendars.  We have a huge selection of high quality, British greeting cards, Christmas Cards and advent calendars for you to browse and buy.