Organic Blooms is an organic cut flower farm near Bristol. At Organic Blooms we grow and sell beautiful seasonal British cut flowers sustainably and without the use of artificial chemicals. We were proud to achieve Soil Association organic certification in February 2017. We are also a Social Enterprise. To read more of our story see below.
We are one of the very first Soil Association certified organic flower growers in the UK – an achievement that we are incredibly proud of.
Cut flowers are an uplifting luxury that bring the beauty of nature into our homes and enhance our special days. We believe that we should consider the impact our luxuries have on the wider world. You can buy our flowers safe in the knowledge that they are truly in season, have been grown without chemicals and with every consideration for the wellbeing of the soil, wildlife and people who have grown them. What’s more, they come to you fresh from our field, arranged and packed just yards from the beds they were grown in.
Growing cut flowers is therapeutic, at Organic Blooms we use all the wonders of working with nature to benefit local people with disabilities and support needs. We have adapted our working nursery and employ specialist staff to support people to gain valuable skills and the confidence to get into work.
Organic Blooms has evolved from twenty years of running Horticulture Projects using plants as a therapeutic medium for people with learning difficulties and mental health support needs. It feels like the ‘coming of age’ for our organisation, where we have finally entered the real world! For years, Natureworks has run projects hidden away, doing some great horticulture with some very grateful people, but nobody knew about it…and it didn’t really help people who were isolated or depressed to break out of the ‘bubble’ that their illness or disability had created around them.
In 2006, at a friend’s wedding I realised that we could have grown all of the flowers in the bouquets and arrangements at our project (British cut flowers were just beginning to make their come back) – and this was how Natureworks suddenly found a way of entering the real world, and making a much bigger impact on people’s lives – Organic Blooms was born.
Growing and selling cut flowers is the focus around which everyone who attends Organic Blooms finds their own unique opportunity to learn, to heal, to develop, to make friends, and to eventually find work and move on…
Our journey from a few beds of flowers and a few bouquets for friends in 2006, to a four acre site and national online flower sales in 2012, has been rich and varied, and is full of promise for the next six years. As the flowers bring in more income, we are able to create more job opportunities for our service users who may not be ready to work in a less supportive environment.
Organic Blooms is more than the sum of its parts. It is about growth, about putting down roots in our local community. We are growing lives, as well as flowers, a perfect combination, and we’re sure – just as Nature intended!