Growing native blooms (for us at Field Gate that means ‘British blooms’) can have many positive impacts on the environment. If you grow your own cut flowers you will no doubt already be aware of the benefits of cultivating your patch, both for your own health and for the environment.
If you’re buying cut flowers for yourself or for giving, please do consider buying locally – here are some reasons why:
1. Biodiversity conservation: Locally grown blooms support local ecosystems and contribute to the preservation of biodiversity. By cultivating native flowers and plants, we create habitats and food sources for various pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects. These pollinators play a crucial role in maintaining the balance of ecosystems and supporting the reproduction of many plant species.
2. Reduced carbon footprint: Growing flowers locally reduces the need for long-distance transportation, which can have a significant carbon footprint. By opting for locally-grown blooms, you can support local growers and reduce the environmental impact associated with importing flowers from other countries. This helps lower greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to a more sustainable floral industry.
3. Water conservation: Native plants and flowers are well-adapted to the local climate and require less water compared to exotic or non-native species. By choosing local blooms that are suited to the natural rainfall patterns of the region, you can minimize the need for additional irrigation and reduce water consumption. This approach promotes water conservation and helps mitigate the strain on water resources.
4. Pesticide reduction: Local flower farmers will have more control over their cultivation process, including the use of pesticides. By supporting local small business growers who employ sustainable and eco-friendly practices, you contribute to the reduction of harmful chemicals in the environment. This helps protect beneficial insects, soil health, and overall ecosystem balance.
5. Support for your local economy: By purchasing locally-grown blooms, you support local farmers and flower growers, contributing to the economy in your region. This can help sustain rural communities and preserve agricultural land, which is vital for wildlife habitats and maintaining the natural beauty of the countryside.
6. Education and awareness: Growing local blooms provides an opportunity to educate and raise awareness about the importance of sustainable practices, biodiversity, and the environment. By engaging in conversations and sharing knowledge with others, you can inspire more people to consider the environmental impact of their floral choices and encourage them to support local, sustainable flower production.
There are so many positives to growing or buying local blooms. By making what feels like quite a small informed choice, we can help protect biodiversity, reduce carbon emissions, conserve water, minimize pesticide use, support local communities, and raise environmental consciousness. Let’s all do our bit towards a more sustainable and environmentally friendly floral industry!