Heathercroft Meadow is a small-scale flower farm situated adjacent to Grateley Railway Station, in the picturesque village of Grateley in Hampshire. It is run by business partners and friends, Michelle and Jess.
Between us, we have a blend of expertise and passion for horticulture and for investing time and effort into our local communities. We grow fresh, scented, seasonal flowers and sell to both businesses and the public.
Flowers grown by us will be freshly picked and locally delivered, saving thousands of travel miles.
Michelle and Jess founded the business in January 2019 and quickly got to work fencing and preparing a section of the field in Grateley. Lots of hard work, a rotovator and a lot of local farm yard manure later and we have a patch full of plants. We have also extended into the adjacent orchard in order to grow a meadow which will not only bring in copious amounts of wildlife but give us an additional area to cut from as we have encouraged the plants already there to grow by keeping the rabbits out and knocking back the vigor of the grass. We are delighted that is is turning into a very promising chalk meadow full of mint, oregano, achillea, wild scabious, yarrow and much, much more.
We strongly believe that scent is so very important and how better to scent your home than with natural floral or herbal smells emanating from your fresh flowers? When the scents naturally fade in midsummer we have herbs to keep that scent going. We grow various varieties of mint, basil, rosemary, lemon verbena, marjoram, sage and chives. Our bunches will be filled with beautiful, natural scents.
Our mission is to promote the way we think of flowers as we increasingly do about food: valuing fresh, seasonal, locally grown, unusual varieties over mass imports. We use traditional farming methods rather than modern 'quick-fixes' to maintain our pledge to be a sustainable flower farm. From Spring through to the end of Autumn we grow our own flowers on site and work with other local growers who live and grow within a couple of miles from us. During the winter we buy in from some of the larger scale British growers. This means we can have beautiful, British flowers all year round.
What makes us eco-friendly?
Low Carbon Emissions – flowers grown by us are picked and delivered locally. Locally grown flowers save 95% of the CO2 emissions compared to imported ones. Those
We use organic methods of growing wherever possible. We want to protect our environment and grow in a way which supports wildlife.
Low waste: This is something that we have had as a high priority from the outset. We have pledged to be extremely low waste and work very hard not to use any single use items.
Water capture – we harvest rain water and always use that first.
Enrich the environment around us by planting nectar sources and managing the land in sympathy with the wildlife.