Our Flower Patch

Inspiring a new generation of growers


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‘The Apprentice’ with flowers

Using flowers to raise money in school. Ourflowerpatch.co.uk

Flowery fundraising at its best.

Midsummer mayhem hit our very first member school on Saturday with a bumper fundraising event which saw profits from sales of home-grown flowers this year soar past £200. The school’s annual Strawberry Fair was held in glorious sunshine and a long line of customers queued up at the flower stall organised by Skylark class. Thirty jam jar arrangements containing their locally grown  blooms all sold and they managed to secure some regular customers too.

Some members of the class fully embraced the concept of selling and organised flowery face painting, snail racing and a wheelbarrow of  fortune to add to the fun and fundraising opportunities. They also have Karen at Peter Nyssen Ltd, (one of our suppliers) to thank for donating dahlias, lilies and gladioli to the cause.

Any school looking to turn a profit from  their school garden could follow in the footsteps of  Fitzmaurice School. For an initial outlay of £85  the school has raised the means to maintain and expand the school garden next year and teach a whole range of cross curricular skills into the bargain.

We’re signing up new members for September now. Email us for details or to chat things over.

 


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Celebrating British Flowers Week

British Flowers Week Logo New Covent Garden Market

The beautiful British Flowers Week logo from New Covent Garden Market

This week has been British Flowers Week, a celebration of the revival of the British Flower Growing industry. Unlike thirty years ago, the bulk of flowers sold in this country (and that’s HUGE amounts) are not grown in Britain. People have already woken up to the importance of the availability of locally grown, seasonal food and there has been a revival in the numbers of people and schools growing their own. Now it’s the turn of flowers. At Our Flower Patch we want to turn the map of Britain flowery with schools in every local education authority growing a flower patch and making their blooms available to members of their local community.

Dog with British Flowers for British Flowers Week Ourflowerpatch.co.uk

Sara’s dog Tilly has created quite a stir on Twitter posing with British Flowers.

Sara is already supplying shops and businesses in her area. You can see how here on Katie Spicer’s blog.

Nigella & geum Katie Spicer Photography British flowers week ourflowerpatch.co.uk

Nigella, Geum, Feverfew, a pretty country meadow look.

 

Cally has been helping Fitzmaurice School in Bradford on Avon, our very first member school grow and sell their blooms to parents, teachers and friends at school and also through a shop in the town. They now have regular customers and an opportunity to spread the word further by running a flower stall at the school Strawberry Fair on Saturday.

Lonely bouquet for British Flowers week ourflowerpatch.co.uk

This Lonely Bouquet has made its way to North Wales from Wiltshire.

To celebrate British Flowers Week the young growers will be leaving a lonely bouquet somewhere in town. If you find it, take it home to enjoy or spread the love by passing it on to someone. Do let us know where it ends up though.

There’s still time (just) to enter the competition over on Wellywoman’s blog to win a copy of her fabulous book The Cut Flower Patch in her post about British Flowers Week. The competition closes at midnight Friday 20th June so hurry hurry! Its a really well written book, full of great information and gorgeous photos.

And if you want to support the revival of British grown flowers from the grass roots, why not talk to your local primary school and sponsor a flower patch? Details are on our website. You could help local children grow flowers like these.

Bees like the selection of flowers grown by Our Flower Patch school garden group members

Bees like ‘Our Flower Patch’


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Our Flower Patch in action (from March 14th)

Autumn sown hardy annuals in a raised flower bed in a school garden.

Autumn sown hardy annuals in a raised flower bed in Fitzmaurice school garden.

Yesterday we caught up with children at Fitzmaurice Primary School in Bradford on Avon who have been part of our pilot.  We spent a fabulous morning recording interviews there with Marie Lennon of BBC Radio Wiltshire for this Sunday’s ‘Wild about Wiltshire’ programme. Marie, who also works on Radio 4’s ‘Farming Today’ programme is interested in the British cut flower industry and our interview is part of a much bigger discussion about the current state of affairs.

Members of Fitzmaurice Primary School showed Marie round their cut flower garden and drafted her in to help plant a poppy meadow. Sara sowed some seeds with Year 6 who are setting up their own micro business growing and selling cut flowers.

If you’re interested in hearing how ‘Our Flower Patch’ works in practice at a primary school it’s available here

You can keep up to date with their Flower Patch progress here