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British Flowers Week – a home-grown revival in Eden

british flowers week eden[B]ritish Flowers Week – the national campaign to encourage everyone to buy more seasonal, locally-grown cut flowers – is taking place on 13-19 June. A Penrith florist and a cut flower grower near Appleby are both bringing British flowers events to the Eden valley.

Visitors to Penrith Library will be able to watch Laura Tuer from GreenWheat Flowers in Penrith demonstrating the art of flower arranging using British flowers on Tuesday 14th June from 2-3pm. Laura explains ‘I love to use British flowers in floristry to give a seasonal, natural look to bouquets, weddings and special occasions.’ Since opening GreenWheat just 18 months ago Laura has arranged flowers for over 90 weddings as well as other events and provides flowers for local businesses.

Emma Greenshaw will bring British Flowers to Orton Farmers Market on Saturday 11th June and throughout the summer months. After several years growing cut flowers as a hobby for friends’ weddings and events Emma is now a ‘seedling’ member of Flowers from the Farm, a network of growers and florists around the UK. Filling her small garden in Great Asby near Appleby at the moment and with plans to steadily develop her new business, Emma believes ‘few can resist fresh, deliciously scented cut flowers, and locally grown flowers benefit wildlife, and come without chemical treatments or air miles.’

The British flower industry accounts for less than 10 per cent of the £2 billion UK flower business. By supporting local growers and florists the British flower industry can flourish again.

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