Our homes are our haven, and with lockdown creating an invisible boundary, we have been appreciating the smaller things even more.
Everyone seems to have spent the past year titivating their homes. Thanks to the divine weather last summer our gardens have captured most of our attention. Many of us have rediscovered the importance of connecting with nature not only for our wellbeing, but also for our mental health. As an ode to our green thumbs, we wanted to share our favourite green spaces- and ways you can celebrate National Garden Week.
We love supporting local businesses. What’s better than combining your favourite local establishment, and being able to have a drink outside - and with someone else pouring the drinks? With the new lockdown restrictions staying put until May, we’re happy to sip our favourite nectar in our local pub’s lush garden. A special mention to the The Scolt Head - our local, full of parasols!
Walking has been a wonderful way to explore London while the city was at a standstill, and we have been able to discover new routes. Who knew there were so many green spaces in a concrete jungle? While we love the classic walks, such as Hyde Park, Battersea Park and our local commons - its the parks that make you feel like you've been transported out of the city. Our picks are Tamsin Trail (Richmond Park) and Jubilee Greenway (this lovely walk connects London’s major Olympic sites and passes some of the city’s key attractions). What are your favourites?
We're celebrating this week by spending as much time as possible outside. If there is one way to get involved in this weeks green festivities, it is to put up one of our glorious parasols and enjoy the outdoors.
Looking after the greatest collection of historic gardens and garden plants under single ownership in Europe, the National Trust encompasses more than 500 years of history and a vast range of garden styles and fashions. From Biddulph Grange (Staffordshire), Blickling Estate (Norfolk) and Hidcote (Gloucestershire), we are able to discover influential and ambitious gardens that tell stories rich in history. What is your favourite?
Is there anything quite as special as receiving a bouquet of flowers? We think not. Flowers are incredibly significant, and are embraced in all events of life where something special is celebrated. We can't imagine a life without flowers, and thankfully we don't have to. We would love to give special mention to Grace & Thorn, founded by Nik; she decided to create a space that brings out the best in plants. Encouraging flowers to dance and sing, and preparing them for their next home. Since then her philosophy has been simple: help people to see flowers and plants in a different way. It's clear she has cracked the code!
Special mention to:
Urban Growth London was founded in 2014 to explore novel ways of managing public spaces by collaborating with the people who use them - this social enterprise works with communities to create and maintain beautiful and biodiverse spaces. They encourage green thinking by transforming barren concrete courtyards into thriving community gardens filled with edible and ornamental planting, working with local volunteers and organisations.
Join us and thousands of green thumbs this week and share what you do with #nationalgardeningweek!