In September and October 2019, we ran a pilot series of floristry workshops for ten survivors of human trafficking


These workshops provided the opportunity for women to be creative, to find community and to learn new skills. Our mission is to use floristry as a therapeutic tool to help survivors to flourish.

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The four full-day workshops taught women a range of floristry skills including hand-tied bouquets, buttonholes, flower crowns, wreaths and a large floral arch installation.

For the duration of the pilot, we worked with British flowers and without floral foam to reduce carbon footprint and waste, and to enhance the ethical nature of the training.

The founders and florists of British flower growers Wolves Lane Flower Company taught the workshops. Hestia, a London-based charity with a leading modern slavery response team sent us participants for the pilot (each with a Support Worker).

We are committed to sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint. Consequently, all of the flowers that were used for the pilot were sourced in the UK from local flower farmers. 90% of cut flowers sold in the UK each year come from Holland [1]. Whilst it can be more expensive to source locally,  we are strongly committed to reducing our impact on the environment and supporting local businesses around us.


Perhaps the reason you are drawn to flowers is not only for their outer beauty, but because they remind you, beautiful things will bloom after the longest seasons of waiting
— Morgan Harper Nicholls

 

[1] Courier Media (2018). Making the UK flower industry bloom again. View article