Organic Blooms takes the heat off its trainees

September 12 2018
Organic Blooms takes the heat off its trainees

Trainees at the Organic Blooms flower farm have been able to continue working in the shade during the heatwave, thanks to funding from the Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury, and a £1,000 grant from the Honourable Company of Gloucestershire Charitable Trust.

Organic Blooms is a social enterprise based in Latteridge, which supports local people living with autism spectrum conditions, mental health conditions and learning difficulties.  The flower growing and floristry business trains people in workplace skills and enables them to take City and Guilds qualifications. 

It used the funding to buy shades and equipment to create cooler places where people could continue to work.  Director Jo Wright said: “We would like to extend our grateful thanks to the Rotary Club team; their support ensured we were able not only to purchase the shades for the decking, allowing propagation work to continue, but also create shaded areas for carrying out other parts of our outdoors work. The work of the Rotary Club is so important to small organisations working to support local people.”

Tom Frost, Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, visited Organic Blooms to present the £1000 cheque. Tom said: “The Organic Blooms trainees are inspiring; they may have been overlooked by employers, but they are each working hard to manage and overcome a wide range of challenges and at Organic Blooms they are able to prove just how capable they are. This years’ exceptionally hot conditions are adding to their challenges and we are very pleased to be contributing to a solution that will help them to continue their training despite the heat.”

Organic Blooms is celebrating a successful few months. It ran a crowdfunding campaign earlier in the year which raised over £30,000 towards a multispan polytunnel, new workshop and composting toilets. 

The site is currently expanding from four to nine acres.  

Co-director and lead florist Wendy Paul was part of an eight-strong team of florists who were awarded a gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for ‘Going to Market’, their display promoting British-grown flowers. The next day Organic Blooms was awarded the Virgin Unite Impact Award at the Virgin VOOM business awards.