Region: South East
Location: Marden, Kent
Corrina and her family moved to Kent from Surrey three years ago with the dream of finding a house with some land that she could grow flowers on. In January of 2017, they began to put drainage into the field, build a reservoir pond and lay rabbit proof fencing round five acres, all by hand. It was a huge family effort, with grandma even on the trenching machine.
Corrina says: "Our first goal was to grow the flowers for our own wedding last July and despite being up till 2am on the eve of our wedding day, it was fabulous to think it was all ours."
She adds: "Mostly it’s just me now with some help from hubby during busy times as weekends. I’m lucky to have my brother helping with practical tasks for three mornings a week. We supply to local artisan florists, local bouquet orders, DIY buckets, wedding and event floristry, Christmas wreaths, workshops and edible flowers for caterers. We are chemical-free and try to be as sustainable as possible; using our own pond to water, we’re peat free, cutting down on single use plastic, using no-dig methods to encourage soil diversity."
What’s been good about being a member of the FFTF network?
I joined the FFTF network in November 2017. Working out in the field can be quite isolating and it’s been fabulous to feel like part of a team of growers. We support each other through tough times and regularly meet up to talk flowers.
What’s been the highlight of your membership so far?
I really enjoyed being (an albeit small) part of the team who helped to create the stand at Chelsea. As a regional hub I collected flowers from all over the South East and drove them up to the London hub - the excitement and joy of seeing everyone’s flowers come together was brilliant.
Is there anything you’d like to see FFTF doing in the future?
I think we need to continue to champion seasonal, British flowers as there are still so many people who are unaware where the flowers they buy come from. Britain’s cut flower markets used to be big business and I’d love to see more people choosing British flowers for both our environmental and financial sustainability.
What are your hopes for your business next year?
In our first year we have met some really fabulous customers and we are looking to growing our customer base next year. We’d like to be the first people locals think of when they are looking for fabulous flowers.
Follow Corrin'as flower journey via her Instagram: @chambersfarmflowers