Our founder Carole Bamford recently supported JamJar Flowers with their stunning bee friendly installation at the Chelsea Flower Show.
JamJar transformed the London Gate entrance into two sweeping curtains of herbs and flowers under a pelmet or roses and clematis, with many of these bee friendly plants grown by children and volunteers at Slade Community Gardens.
Bees have an essential part to play in nature and much of the food we grow at Daylesford would not be possible without them. We are very lucky to have flourishing bee populations on our organic Cotswolds farm, creating natural habitats where bees can flourish without the impact of chemicals. We know that plant, insect and bird life is 50% more abundant on organic farms, and are proud to be a part of an organic farming movement where growing natural produce can in turn encourage thriving wildlife populations.
It seemed only fitting for our founder Carole Bamford to support JamJar Flowers‘ display for the Chelsea Flower Show. As well as creating a stunning visual spectacle, their idea was for the gate to have a clear purpose and message: save the bees. They worked closely with Bee Urban, a South London social enterprise group who encourage urban greening, good eco-practice and beekeeping as well as Robin Langton, of Slade Community Gardens in Stockwell, London, who allowed JamJar to grow bee friendly flowers and herbs there for the stunning proscenium arch.
The resulting floral arch was stunning, with curtains of seasonal herbs and flowers fused together to make a grand entrance through which the crowds entered the Chelsea Flower Show. After the show came to an end, all plants were returned to Slade Community Gardens. Excess plants were sold to create more revenue for the gardens, and the roses from the arch were used to create a thorny barrier to keep children safe at the gardens. No plants were wasted, and the plants remaining at Slade Community Gardens have continued to thrive since, providing nectar for South London bees throughout the summer.
Robin Langton, of Slade Community Gardens, shared some words with us following the initiative:
“Slade Gardens Community Play and the residents of our three bee hives would like to thank Daylesford Organic and JamJar Flowers for their abundant contribution to our new growing area. A cornucopia of splendid herbs and flowers arrived at Slade Gardens Adventure playground, and we sorted, divided and re-potted. So far we have raised almost £1000 from the sale of your generous contribution towards this children’s charity’s future. It has also helped with our schools workshops and the training of young people, who we hope will wish to continue working in the world of growing flowers and vegetables.”
A truly worthwhile cause, Daylesford will continue to champion working in tandem with nature, supporting bee populations and working towards a future where thriving bee populations are no longer a rarity. To learn more, read about bees and their vital role in farming or explore our selection of bee friendly seeds to create a welcoming space for bees in your garden.
About JamJar Flowers:
Founded by Melissa Richardson in 2009, JamJar Flowers was founded with the belief that informal bunches of season flowers, when lovingly gathered and arranged loosely in jam jars, were more pleasing than formal bouquets of symmetrically arranged blooms. Using natural, sustainable resources and sustaining a commitment to zero waste is an integral part of their company philosophy, and this year they were chosen by the Royal Horticultural Society to transform the London Gate entrance of the Chelsea Flower Show. To learn more, visit their website: jamjarflowers.co.uk