The majority of flowers that end up in British vases are from the Netherlands. Kenya is also a significant supplier. But rocketing fuel costs are pushing up prices and florists are increasingly looking to local growers.
There is a growing network of local growers called Flowers from the Farm. Across the UK the network is 1,000 strong. Of those, just 70 are in Scotland. And Flowers from the Farm are encouraging more potential growers to pick up the trowel. “I looked around and thought there aren’t many people doing it in Scotland. Can you do it in Scotland?” Turns out you can. Growers are producing flowers across the country, from their gardens, allotments, and farms.
Research at Lancaster University concluded that the carbon footprint of British grown flowers was dramatically smaller than those from the Netherlands or Kenya. “If you can supply as locally as possible – it’s the same for food – it’s going to be a much lower footprint all round,” says Anne. She adds: “And it’s very good for local ecosystems. It definitely has an impact on pollinators. And keeping flowers healthy is all about good soil health.”
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