Over the last two years at Hawkwood under our BeeWild project we have been surveying and creating habitat and planting more flower forage for wild pollinator insects. To fund this ongoing work in summer 2020 we are selling bunches of freshly cut flowers from our establishing Bee Border!
Conventional cut flowers greet us in every supermarket, but over 85% are imported, mostly air-freighted from Kenya, and grown using copious amounts of chemical fertilisers and pesticides (including the highly toxic DDT) – meaning that even the smallest bunch comes with a huge environmental and carbon cost.
We’re growing a range of beautiful and locally grown cut flowers that are truly sustainable and ethically grown, and as (or even more) attractive to the wild bees as they are on your kitchen table.
Subscriptions to our flower CSA for 2020 are now sold out, but you can support this project by buying one-off bunches for £20, for yourself or as a gift that can be collected from one of three locations. These need to be ordered by Wednesdays by 1pm and can be picked up from the Hornbeam or Leytonstone stall on Saturday between 10am and 3pm, or on Friday after 1pm from our growing site in Chingford. Please email sara[at]organiclea.org.uk to place your order.
The bunches we’re offering through our CSA programme are simply harvested and gathered without arrangement. If you’re looking for flowers for a special occasion, we can provide seasonal, sustainable and locally grown bouquets, buttonholes, arrangements or buckets of seasoned flowers for you to work with. Drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.