British flowers for British funerals

Charles Cowling


At Lower Blakemere Farm in Herefordshire, Heather Gorringe has been growing British flowers for British funerals since just last year. She says: 

Most flowers for funerals are just too formal, too regimented, and often just too white. Our flowers will look as if they have been gathered from our garden (and many of them will have been). They’re a tiny bit wild: They’re natural, green, and they’re gorgeous, and they’re handpicked and prepared in our floristry.

All our flowers are proudly sown and grown on British Farms, and this means that very often our flowers are much, much, fresher than their foreign competitors.

Why ship flowers half way around the world when we can grow them here?

We asked Heather if she could supply flowers for a midwinter funeral and she told us she certainly can. Some of her flowers are grown in polytunnels, but “we compost our flower waste, we recycle our plastic and shred our cardboard.”

Strikes us as one of those ideas that set you wondering why no one else thought of it. Or did they?

Find out more about Heather’s enterprise by checking out the Great British Florist website. Find their funeral flowers here


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I totally agree about having more natural flowers rather than ‘regimented’ ones at funerals and memorial services. It’s a celebration of that person’s life, so the flowers should reflect that!


Excellent 🙂

claire callender

Yes the flying of flowers is a bug bear of mine, we are so lucky to run our business on a flower farm.

Worse still plastic wrapping.


So simple, so obvious – hooray!

gloria mundi

Lovely idea. I’d sooner have ivy, holm oak, bare twigs, holly, whatever the season could yield, than dead-looking airflown flowers, soon to be wasted.

Melissa Stewart

Thanks Charles, I’ll put them on our website.