12:46 23 February 2022
A Dunmow florist is taking active action helping the environment, the latest initiative from the town with the big picture in mind.
Stephanie Harris of The Rose Garden sourced spectacular red roses from Columbia for customers’ Valentine’s Day bouquets. The flowers had been grown outdoors rather than in a heated greenhouse in Holland.
Other flowers come from places such as nearby Broxted.
She also installed Fernando the refrigerator to keep the flowers fresh and fresh, and worked more with wire, willow and moss to reduce the use of plastic for items like wreaths and arrangements. Their paper packaging is compostable.
Stephanie said the Valentine’s Day red roses were so popular they sold out, the first time this had happened since she opened her business.
“In the past we have always used Naomi red, but due to energy price issues the flowers from the Netherlands were not as good.
“Growers don’t heat the flowers well enough because the buds are small or we pay a premium.
She added: “As far as our carbon footprint goes, best to get them from Colombia. They were mind blowing.”
Stephanie and her team took the Explorer roses home for a test run and they lasted between 16 and 19 days.
The Rose Garden now makes many living wreath arrangements for the Old Park Natural Cemetery in North End.
Eco-swap sales ramp
The florist is the latest Dunmow business to take environmental action.
Nikki Anthony, owner of women’s boutique Armoire, has set up an eco-barter sales rail.
She encouraged customers to bring little-used items from their wardrobe, to increase the number of times a garment is worn by finding it another home.
They sold 140 items in just a few days earlier this month and the eco-swap could be repeated later this year.
Nikki said eco-swaps are becoming more common in UK stores as people become very aware of their consumer footprint.
In January, members of Great Dunmow Borough Council unanimously declared a climate and ecological emergency and passed a motion calling for the Essex Pension Fund Pension Strategy Board to divest from fossil fuels.
They want the council to commit to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 or earlier – including looking at the council’s own vehicles and indirect emissions such as electricity suppliers.