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Flower farm’s transformation on show

Guests take a tour of the Sussex Flower Farm, which was set up in a field in March

Guests take a tour of the Sussex Flower Farm, which was set up in a field in March

INVITED guests were given a tour of the Sussex Flower Farm, near Steyning, at an open day to mark British Flowers Week.

Friends and family visited Guesses Farm, in Spithandle Lane, Wiston, to tour the flower beds and polytunnel last Saturday.

Co-owners Shelley Marks-Thomson and Debbie Chalmers started growing British flowers on the one-acre small holding in March.

They supply local shops, florists and event planners with seasonal blooms and sell flowers by the bucket for brides-to-be.

Debbie said: “It was a lovely event, in glorious sunshine, and around 100 people attended over the course of the afternoon.

“They had the opportunity to wander round the flower ​beds and polytunnel (full of the scent of sweet peas) and to see what we have done with the one-acre site since we took it on as a field in March.

“In keeping with the floral theme, we served homemade elderflower cordial and lavender biscuits, and we sold flowers on a ‘pick-and-mix’ basis, so that visitors could make up their own bunches from their favourite flowers.”

It is hoped another open day will be held in the autumn.

 

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