Sustainability is a big part of our business and life style. We are by no means living perfectly but I am constantly learning and tweaking our lifestyle and business practices to become more sustainable or to create less of a negative impact.
The events industry is not an environmentally conscious one on the whole, the waste created and Co2 footprints of our events is huge. This has always bothered me. I would love to work with you if this is a focus for your event and can recommend other suppliers who also share an understanding of how important this issue is.
We only take on a small number of events a year, this ensures we can rely on our own home grown flowers and not use imported blooms. The Guardian (2019) reported 86% of flowers sold in the UK are imported blooms. A sickening statistic, especially for a country with such a wealth of ability to grow our own flowers and foliage. I love a winter wedding, but there is no denying its harder to run them in a low impact way, it would take a lot of candles to make enough heat and light to please your Great Aunt. But more relevant to us is the cut flower season in the UK officially ends at the end of September, though, probably thanks to global warming October still holds many delightful blooms. So what does this mean for our gloriously romantic winter fairytales? Hopefully a lot of candles. And a more flexible approach to floral design. Winter foliage in this country is excellent, that is no problem at all, but winter blooming flowers are a little thin on the ground. Do not fear there are still options which will more than fulfil the post wedding chuntering of that Great Aunt. Think rich greens, dried flowers, seed pods, lichen branches dotted with those signature blooms of the month, winter jasmine, hellebores, snow drops, anemones. There is always beauty to be found in nature.
Over the next year I will be creating seasonal work to illustrate the kinds of options available.
Our Sustainability oath:
Seasonal means grown organically, using low impact methods in this country within the parameters of the natural seasons, if it was an egg it would be organic and free range. We aim to use seasonal blooms where ever possible. For our own projects and bouquet deliveries all our ingredients are seasonal. For our event work we will encourage you to choose seasonal alternatives.
Why choose seasonal blooms?
Like anything flowers can be mass produced in artifical environments created to encourage much longer growing seasons and "perfect" blooms. This process uses chemicals, energy and takes a natural product and makes it unnatural.
Many of the stems you see in this country in our supermarkets and from wholesale floral supply stockists are imported from as far away as Equador, Kenya and Holland. Each flowers Co2 footprint is hugely increased in these methods and it becomes very negative to the environment. Imagine such a natural product being a detriment to the environment. The mind boggles. All for our preferances when we can be a little more flexible in our whims, support locally grown flowers and still have a huge variation of species to bring us equal if not more flowery joy!
We do not use single use plastic in our work. Our flowers will never come wrapped in celeophane. We use twine or paper tape in place of celotape and cable ties. If cable ties are used we will use reusable ones.
All our reusable plastics are well looked after and reused again and again. When we buy new we look for non plastic alternatives.
Non biodegradable balloons and confetti at weddings make us weep! We hope to offer petal confetti this year, but we are always happy to recommend other businesses with sustainability in mind.
We are constantly growing our knowledge on better more sustainable ways to grow our flowers. They are grown organically without pesticides or synthetic materials. We use growing methods that are kind to the soil and replenish what nutrients we take from it to grow our blooms. We use manure from our neighbouring horses and straw from our neighbouring fields.
We do not waste stems, anything left over or extra is dried and used within our work. We save dried stems for out of season (October - April) work- the only way we will give you roses in winter!
Any stems collected after events are dried or composted.
We live by the mantra reduce, reuse, recycle!