I began studying Biology in Nottingham and wanted access to a green space which was then followed by taking up allotment gardening whilst I lived in the city. This turned out to be the best decision I have ever made.
I began by growing veg but soon discovered my love for growing and arranging flowers and sharing my produce-and knowledge with other people.
For the past 10 years I have been growing and volunteering on an Organic demonstration plot for Nottingham Organic Gardeners and 2 years ago stepped in to run the site, managing volunteers and running workshops on how to grow vegetables and make good compost.
During 2020 our site was closed to volunteers and I came up with ways to sell local flowers to local people.
Hearing stories of how much waste is produced and disturbed by the huge quantities of cut flowers that are brought in from all over the world in such an unethical way. These once natural and organic blooms are cut, plunged into chemicals and often flown thousands of miles before we actually see them. So much so that it is difficult to find anything that even has a scent anymore. This just didn’t make sense to me.
As consumers we need to question where things come from and how we can have a more sustainable approach.
I wanted to start a business that had a more organic and local approach to floristry so in 2020 I founded Forget-Me-Notts. Originally from Wales, I grew up surrounded by the beautiful welsh mountains. This wild and dramatic landscape continues to have a huge influence on me and my work. My aim is for every arrangement to look and feel as if it has been freshly picked from the garden. My little team and I try to grow as many different varieties as we can on the allotment in an organic and ethical way. I absolutely love growing flowers, arranging them, and just being on my plot surrounded by them. Everyone needs flowers in their life.
It’s not only about the flowers: access to seasonal foliage, seedheads, fruit and branches will make your displays, bouquets and weddings into works of art.
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