UK: Flower farms are blossoming as locals take fight to the importers

Until 50 years ago, Britain’s fields bloomed with flowers grown for kitchen vases and romantic bouquets. The rise of Dutch gardeners and later competitors from beyond Europe, including Kenya and Ecuador, put many British flower growers out of business, but now there are signs of a renaissance.

Flowers from the Farm, an association of flower farmers founded in 2011, has reported that its membership has risen from 460 in 2018 to 960 this year.

Debbie Scott, co-chairwoman of the association, predicted that the trend would continue past 1,000 because customers were applying the idea of “food miles” to cut flowers.


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