• Emma

British Flowers Week

I am a big believer in using seasonal, locally grown flowers and always will do when possible, but have you come across 'British Flowers Week'? It is a fantastic annual media campaign started in 2013 by New Covent Garden Market which aims to raise awareness of British flowers in season and encourage the public to buy British flowers.

With more and more people wanting to live a sustainable life and reduce their environmental impact, choosing locally grown flowers has increased in popularity recently. The British grown flower industry had for many years been in decline due to the amount of imported stems from all over the world, but in 2018, homegrown flowers accounted for 14% of all flowers purchased, which is up from 12% three years ago, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

This bouquet featured a variety of British flowers, including Lupins, Cornflowers and Antirrhinums

Why I love using British flowers

  • They can have the most gorgeous scent, much more so than imported flowers

  • British flower farms encourage wildlife and biodiversity. They provide food and habitat to a variety of butterflies, insects and bees

  • You see the very best of flowers in their peak season. Imported flowers are at times grown in conditions which go against their natural life-cycle and season

  • Regulations in pesticides differ across the world - in Britain the use of them is much more stringent than in some other countries

  • The shorter the distance the flowers have travelled, the longer the vase life!

My favourites! Dahlias and Zinnias

British Flowers Week is currently running (10th to 16th June 2019), but if you are keen on buying British flowers at any point during the year or would love to have them in your wedding arrangements then do get in touch as I can help.

I am running a workshop at Haylane Flower Farm in Stagsden, Bedfordshire on Saturday 20th July where we will be making a handtied bouquet using flowers from the farm. For more details or to book a place, please click here.