Rhiannon Clarke of Blue Hill Flora in South Wales explains how she came to flower farming from a very different background, and is now passionate about the environmental project of which the British flower movement is a part.
"Blue Hill Flora is a small independent flower farm based just outside of Pontardawe in South Wales. On half an acre of land we grow premium quality, seasonal cut flowers for our local community, with care for Mother Nature at the heart of every decision we make."
What it is that motivates her, then. "Sustainability, supporting wildlife and trying to leave this planet in a better state than I found it," she points out.
Serving the local market, she is very much aware of why people should care about locally-grown flowers. "They should care because for so many British flower farmers it’s about much more than just producing flowers. It’s about biodiversity: many of us grow a huge range of crops in a very small space which in turn supports a very wide range of wildlife. It’s about reducing our carbon footprint by working with the seasons and not flying flowers across the world. It’s about eliminating the use of harmful chemicals. We can have a really big impact on our local environment, so if people support us by buying our flowers it is to everyone’s benefit."
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