In our early days, we were lucky enough to be sign-posted to Flowers From The Farm by a florist friend, and the idea that flowers could be the focus for a community social enterprise began to seem possible. As the practicalities and challenges sharpened into focus, we sought to solve them with the help of other British flower growers.
Four growing seasons later (no, I no longer talk in terms of years!) and here we are: Clem’s Garden has become established as an entirely volunteer-run social enterprise. I have a brilliant team of supportive colleagues, many of whom are also childless, and know that they can find a space where their skills and nurturing can be valued, and their experiences understood.
We proudly grow beautiful, seasonal, chemical-free flowers together, offering a more sustainable alternative to imported blooms; we’ve built a loyal local customer base; and we’re delivering on a social mission that is close to our hearts. It goes something like this:
We believe that flowers can bring people together. When people buy flowers for other people, it’s usually to remind them that they care. We’d like to encourage more of that…people reaching out to other people – not just families, but neighbours and friends too.
Our Kindness Fund, built on donations and profits from our spring tulip sales, allows us to make free jars of our flowers available to people in our local community who want to reach out to neighbours and remind them that they’re being kept in mind (over 550 jars went out last year). All other profits are donated to support grassroots community projects in the local area.