My Responsibility to the environment
I do not use plastic to wrap my flowers in, can you imagine the amount of bunches I sell in a year and how much plastic I would be responsible for put out into the environment all which would still be around long after we are all dead just for a bunch of flowers, all my flowers are wrapped in paper. Imagine now all the florist and supermarkets out their selling flowers just today all wrapped in plastic that basically gets ripped off as soon as they are delivered and put in the bin and the chemicals used that went into raising those flower now imagine the year ! Let not even talk about Valentine’s Day ! Unfortunately plastic is a part of every day life so i reuse and recycle plastic pots i choose plastics that are long wearing.
I will never ever use floral foam to create arrangements, again another awful product that does not break down causing harm to the environment and marine life as it makes its way into our water systems, it has been reported that foam takes over a 1000 years to break down. All my work is done the old fashion way using vases, chicken wire or sustainable moss. Mother Nature has provided these beautiful flowers Which we enjoy for up to 10 days and I am making that choice of not using plastic, foam and chemical that will have such a devastating effect on our planet for a 1000 years.
I make my own garden teas the obvious being nettle and comfrey but i also started follow Korean farming principles and have a number of Bokashi systems for the last few years recycling green and brown waste. I also make my own LAB for Bokashi and plant inoculant. I also have a great multi level wormery for creating teas and casts and composts
I rely on Mother Nature to balance things out in the meadow, now I have a great little army of mini beast predators in the meadow my favourite being the ladybirds and wasp not that you will be attacked by wasps so dont worry if you come and visit. If you visit my stall at a market you will always see my flowers on display with buzzy bumble bees and other pollinators hovering around my flowers evidence no bad chemicals are used. I also have a flock of chickens that do a great job at going through the meadow eating slugs and snails.
Over the last 4 years I have planted fast approaching 100 trees and large shrubs in my meadows and gardens providing new habitats for insects, birds and small mammals. I recently learnt that for a bluetit baby to reach maturity it needs a 100 caterpillars a day so i am not so embarrassed about the many nettles and weeds growing around the meadow.
Climate change is everyone’s responsibility and many of us making the smallest changes can make a big difference, buying flowers from a local farmer rather than choosing to buy imported flowers from florists and supermarkets makes a real difference to climate change. 90% of flowers sold in the UK come from overseas these flowers have a carbon dioxide emission of 30kg per bunch compared to 1.7kg from a local grower! as a comparison a Christmas dinner for 6 people has the carbon emissions of 19kg which really throws that bunch of flowers into prospective. (fact source Rebbecca Swinn Lancaster university, The carbon footprint of British cut flowers)
I want to thank all of you that choose to support my business and ethos to working and raising flowers for you to enjoy!
thank you Helen x