The Enviroment – doing my bit
Sustainable floristry is quite a minefield – I have certainly lost sleep over what’s right, what’s wrong and
whether I am buying from the right sources – so I have given myself some rules.
I will (and do) buy seasonal flowers from the Netherlands to get the choice and the quality I require.
The overall impact is far less than flying flowers around the world and probably not much greater than buying from
Cornwall or Scotland.
I support local growers including Flowers by Season and Picked at Dawn who are Yorkshire growers with the most
beautiful blooms and foliage.
They are reminiscent of the flowers in the garden of my childhood home: Antirrhinum majus, Alchemilla mollis and
Eremurus stenophyllus – lots of cottage garden favourites.
I forage from the woodland at the Broughton Sanctuary, which throws up an abundance of foliage, twigs, sticks, berries,
cow parsley, grassesand lots of other seasonal bounty and I also compost any green waste on the Estate.
I have pledged never to use floral foam, Instead, I opt for chicken wire and moss mechanics, with baked bean tins,
fresh soup containers and jam jars placed to hold the water.
Our business cards are made from recycled T-shirts from moo.com, the paper we use to wrap our flowers is recycled
and recyclable and our plant-based sellotape contains zero plastic. Even the cleaning products we use in the studio are
from Bower Collective, which vets products and suppliers according to sustainability criteria.
Whether you’re a bride to be, planning an event or wanting to learn new skills I will always encouraged you to consider
seasonality and sustainability first.
A great friend of mine often uses the phrase ‘you can’t eat an elephant’, and I agree. I am moving in the right direction
and every little bit helps. I will carry on learning and pushing the boundaries when it comes to how I approach my work;
I’m certainly no guru, but I’m doing my best to save our beautiful planet in my own small way.