A farmer’s wife from Bridlington has been asked to provide floral posies to winners of the first stage of the Tour de Yorkshire.
Helen Jackson, 51, of Dovecote, Northdale Farm in Grindale, has turned her hobby of gardening and growing flowers into a successful business. For the past two years she has been a member of the national organisation Flowers from the Farm which aims to promote British flowers which in Helen’s case she grows on the farm which has been in her husband Richard’s family for four generations.
Helen was chosen, together with Jill Smith of Binnington Blooms near Staxton, to create the posies. “We are providing seasonal beautiful flowers which we hope they will enjoy knowing that they are grown in this region. We feel privileged to be involved in such a wonderful event and hope it gives this area the recognition it deserves,” said Helen.
She said the home grown flowers have a beautiful scent and are freshly picked so are not travelling all over the world for days and therefore last longer. Her Flowers from the Farm enterprise was her own idea and she has found a steady market for her blooms.
“I specialise in flowers for weddings. The bride can discuss her favourite flowers and her colour scheme and I grow to order. I also provide local florists with seasonal flowers and for any special occasion”, said Helen who is currently building a poly tunnel to enable her to grow more flowers all year round. Together with other Flowers from the Farm members, she is supporting British Flower Week in June by providing all the Betty’s Tea Rooms with centrepiece vases of their flowers for every table.
Which blooms she will include in her Tour de Yorkshire posies has yet to be decided. “All they have said is that they want them to be in bold colours,” said Helen. Anyone wanting more information about Helen’s enterprise can contact her on 07858 927945 or 01262 602671 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.