We did it! Well, our supporters did!
Visit our ‘Flower Barn’ Crowdfunding page.
We have a barn!
We are lucky enough to have a barn! It still has no doors, windows or walls, but that’s something for next year. Already this year we’ve been busy putting it to good use.
Foliage-growing for flower growers – professionals and enthusiastic amateurs welcome.
The courses run on the 18th September, the 2nd October, and the 16th October. They have already proved very popular, and there are now only a few spaces left on the 16th October. The course will run from 9.30am to 1.30pm and will cost £75 including tea/coffee & snacks. We will have a maximum of 7 people.
We will cover the kinds of foliage florists want, what plants to grow & how to grow it, maintenance and pruning, some propagating techniques, conditioning, pricing, presenting foliage for sale, weed control and ground cover planting, optimum spacing for harvesting, and demo on using foliage to take the lead role in floral arrangement.
What will the barn be used for?
The barn is already allowing us to take our cutting-edge eco business to the next level. We are able to process our stems much more efficiently so that they maintain their beauty and freshness, out of the wind and the rain and the sun.
But more than that, for us the barn IS, frankly, amazing!
When we put in the bathroom and the office, it will allow us to have proper facilities on the field for the first time in 8 years. But already it’s somewhere for our volunteers to sit down and have lunch. It’s the heart of the place and a space for the family to relax in. It has massively increased our capacity for supplying gorgeous, fresh, wholesale flowers and foliage. It’s already a place for doing wonderful floristry events and weddings. Last but not least, it’s a beautiful venue for running small-group courses in eco-floristry and foliage growing (see below for courses).
One of the greatest gifts we can offer is to share the knowledge we have gathered. We can teach people how to work with British flowers in their floristry. We also want to enable and empower other growers within the British Flowers community to grow amazing foliage. This is all part of the sustainable flowers movement.
Why timber frame?
- high quality and sustainable material.
- locally sourced materials and labour.
- high level of thermal insulation.
- the lowest CO2 cost of any commercial building.
- easy and fast construction.
- energy efficient.
We had a wonderful launch party on the 4th September 2021. There are some pictures below, as well as a link to the 5 minute edit of Jonny’s Thank You speech! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7zXqN51Xdg
Dates for the diary
Christmas wreath-making workshops
27th November, 4th December, 11th December 10am – 12 midday. £40. All materials supplied, tea & coffee, gorgeous foliage, seed-heads, berries, feathers, gorgeousness from the hedgerows. Wrap up warm!
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