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Flower Farmers’ Big Weekend

Just Dahlias' Philippa Stewart. Picture; Flowers from the Farm
Just Dahlias' Philippa Stewart. Picture; Flowers from the Farm

Support British cut-flower growing, August 16-18

For three days this month, more than 100 growers from the Flowers from the Farm co-operative will be opening their gates to visitors for the first Flower Farmers’ Big Weekend in events across the country.

See cut-flower farms at their best, and take a look behind the scenes of the award-winning artisan movement on farms, allotments and in cutting gardens of every shape and size.

I’d love to have seen more events taking place in North-East England – my nearest events are in Berwick, Bedale and Appleby but hopefully, more will be added before the weekend.

The events diary for The Flower Farmers’ Big Weekend is growing all the time.

Find talks, workshops, tours, Pick Your Own days, picnics, suppers and afternoon teas on plots all over the UK.

Flowers from the Farm logoBuy local flowers

Snap up a beautiful bunch of locally grown, scented, seasonal flowers freshly picked that day.

Flowers from the Farm is a multi-award-winning, not-for-profit, co-operative of British cut flower growers with more than 500 active members across the UK.

The group aims to:

  • Encourage more people to grow cut flowers for the UK market
  • Promote British flowers
  • Foster friendship and sharing through meetings, activities and communication.
Cherrytrees Flower Farm's Rosie and Amanda. Picture; Flowers from the Farm
Cherrytrees Flower Farm’s Rosie and Amanda. Picture; Flowers from the Farm

Imported flowers

Today, 90 per cent of the flowers sold through UK florists, supermarkets and wholesalers are imported from as far afield as Ecuador, Colombia, Kenya and Ethiopia.

Flowers from the Farm aims to reduce travel miles by promoting locally-grown flowers and developing a network of British cut flower growers across the country.

For more information, visit www.flowerfarmersbigweekend.co.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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