Did you know that an estimated 90% of the flowers sold through UK florists, supermarkets and wholesalers are imported not just from Holland, but flown from as far afield as Ecuador, Colombia, Kenya and even Ethiopia? (Read about the carbon footprint of cut flowers here)
- Flowers grown by your local flower farmer will be freshly picked and locally delivered, saving thousands of travel miles.
- Your local flower farmer grows with the seasons and is motivated by the excitement of harvesting the first of the sweet peas, dahlias, garden roses, anemones, larkspur, snapdragons and cornflowers rather than by predictable, year-round crops.
- Each individual flower will have the perfume and natural, informal beauty that can only come from small-scale, local production.
Isn’t it time we thought of flowers as we increasingly do about food: valuing seasonal, fresh, locally grown and more unusual varieties over mass imports?
At Flowers from the Farm, we think so.
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