Flower Farm at Organic Blooms

Jo’s project successfully combined her two great loves — people and plants — but it lacked one vital ingredient.

Galvanised jug filled with arrangement of herbal plants - feverfew, marigold, clary sage, oregano, mint, rosemary, lavender - © Nicola Stocken/GAP Photos

Galvanised jug filled with arrangement of herbal plants – feverfew, marigold, clary sage, oregano, mint, rosemary, lavender – © Nicola Stocken/GAP Photos

It was in the unlikely context of a friend’s wedding that Jo Wright had a brainwave that would revolutionise her business. ‘I was admiring the bouquets and flower arrangements, and it dawned upon me that all the flowers could easily have been grown at a Social Enterprise project I was running,’ she explains. Based on growing plants as a therapy to help some very deserving people, Jo’s project successfully combined her two great loves — people and plants — but it lacked one vital ingredient. ‘For years I’d provided a great working experience for adults with learning difficulties and mental health support needs, but there was no commercial element.’

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