When we started English Petal & Herb in 2017, we wanted to create a company that enables us to give something back to those in the community that are either elderly, vulnerable, lonely or may not have the opportunity the receive or grow flowers. As the saying goes - "say it with flowers"!
Having spent time getting our little flower farm in place and setting up a small workshop in Great Staughton, Cambridgeshire, we are now in a position to do what we set out to do.
Flowers For Flowers is a way for English Petal & Herb to keep giving. The more we sell, the more we can give. No reliance on donations or fundraising means we can create and run a company where our success means more and more joy and happiness to others.
Flowers For Flowers - Bouquets & Workshops
The foundation of the Flowers for Flowers initiative was to give flowers to an elderly (and often lonely) person based in the UK every time someone buys a bouquet from us. Once we have enough flowers, we do a 'Flower Drop' at a home for the elderly or at a meet-up for elderly people so that everyone receives flowers and spends time with us. We are more than happy for our customers to join us on one of our flower drops, so please let us know if you would be interested to attend by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
We will also organise workshops for elderly or vulnerable people and every workshop place booked will enable us to provide a workshop place for someone to join one of these workshops that will take place locally to them.
Flowers For Flowers - Weddings
Flowers are a special part of any wedding and our use of seasonal flowers that include flowers from our own flower farm, are created to add to the happiness of that special day. We want to create happy memories and what better way than to create lots of happy memories for others too.
Every time we provide wedding flowers (bouquets, centrepieces, button-holes etc), we will donate a garden therapy starter pack, that includes tools and seeds, to someone living in the UK with disabilities or ill health, or are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable. One special day will provide someone else with many special days.
Flowers For Flowers - Bulbs & Seeds
The other part of our business is selling bulbs and seeds. Its pretty amazing how such beautiful (and large) plants can come from such tiny seeds and bulbs. Helping young people to experience the wonders of nature may create the gardeners of the future that will grow and protect the flowers that our wildlife so desperately need. Gardeners and environmentalists of the future will help bees, butterflies and wildlife of the future.
For every bulb or pack of seeds that we sell, we will provide the same number of bulbs or seeds to primary and nursery schools so each child can grow their own flower. We provide a mix of different bulbs and seeds so they never know what might grow. The process of growing their surprise flower will provide a bit of fun and beauty in the classroom.