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From renting apple trees to filling buckets of flowers... Why everyone loves Pick-Your-Own - the new floral and fruit trend in town!

Choosing pick-your-own not only supports British homegrown produce, it’s kind to the environment and wildlife too. Better still, they look – or taste – blooming marvellous! These are some of the best in our ‘hood…

PICK YOUR OWN
Bentinck Farm, Brenchley
A small, independent fruit and nut farm where you can rent your own tree! You can choose from apple, cherry and cobnut trees or select a combination. Bentinck Farm’s tree rental is a modern on the classic ‘pick your own’ model, giving you the chance to rent a single tree for a season (March to October).
The tree is yours to come and visit in the stunning surroundings of the farm in West Kent. See your tree blossom in the spring and then again to harvest the crop in the summer or autumn. All fruit can be picked from the ground (no need for ladders!).
Renting a tree is a fun and rewarding way of experiencing the best of British fruit, fresh from the source. At Bentinck Farm their aim is provide a memorable and enjoyable experience which brings people close to the way their food is produced and the ability to see exactly where it comes from.
You’ll receive a certificate showing the type of tree, the individual number which can be personalised and makes a lovely original gift (£40- £80). bentinckfarm.co.uk
Town Flowers, Tunbridge Wells
Town Flowers Tunbridge Wells are artisan flower growers based in Tunbridge Wells. From June to October they sell a variety of seasonal pre-cut and arranged flowers to the local community of florists and flower enthusiasts. And for the last couple of years they’ve offered a Pick-Your-Own service – grab a bucket and fill it for £15.
All their flowers are carefully grown by using organic growing methods that are sustainable and beneficial to wildlife. They grow plants that will thrive in their clay soil and provide forage and shelter for pollinators and insects.
Offering flowers for special occasions including flower arrangers buckets, florist buckets and DIY wedding buckets. Pre-order flowers for gift bouquets and special events. townflowerstunbridgewells.co.uk
Blooming Green Florist and Flower Grower, Maidstone
Blooming Green are open for the public to come and Pick Your-Own-flowers every Saturday 10 – 4pm from late June to October 2019. Go and fill a container with flowers for £15 (no need to book the £15 PYO containers).
They will then wrap your flowers for you to take home. Suitable for a gift or table flowers. As well as being able to pick your own flowers, they also sell buckets of pre-picked blooms, handy floristry items and a selection of gorgeous items for your home and garden.
Or if you would like to pick larger quantities of flowers for a party or a wedding you will need to book a picking date on their website. bloominggreenflowers.co.uk
OR GROW YOUR OWN 

Meadow flowers at Hever Castle

A new venture, started last year, to bring a colourful landscape of meadow flowers to the grounds of Hever Castle is going from strength to strength. The meadows, which differ from wildflower meadows, were first planted in 2018, and cover an area of 4,500 square metres on Lake Walk (in the Castle grounds) and Hever Castle Golf Course.

They take their inspiration from wildflower meadows in the first instance, but they are ‘planned’ in the sense that seed is sown and mixes are chosen to provide colour for longer. The different meadow sites, dotted along the banks of the lake, are improving bio-diversity and attracting bees and butterflies.

The meadows change and move through the colour palette as the sun moves through its height in June to the misty days of October. A ‘Rainbow Mix’ has been used beside the Lake this year and includes fourteen species such as Marigolds, Cornflower, Flax and Poppies. Visitors can create their own flower meadows by purchasing a kit from the Hever Shop. hevercastle.co.uk

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Chambers Farm Flowers, Marden

Looking for flowers with a difference? Look no further than Chambers Farm Flowers – a seasonal flower farm growing British flowers. If you are looking for something a little bit different when considering flowers for your home, as a gift or for a party (hey, any excuse) then look no further than Chambers Farm Flowers which is a family run business based on a five acre farm in Marden.

They’re opening their doors this Sept 7  & 8. Find out more about the farm, take part in a floristry competition, enjoy refreshments and much more.

For those of us who are not naturally green-fingered, help is at hand with a wide range of workshops on the farm, running from May – Oct, including Grow Your Own Flower Patch; Arranging with Seasonal British Flowers; Christmas Wreath Making as well as Hen Party workshops if you want to move away from tiaras and you-know-what straws.

And if it’s a wedding or big event that you are planning, why not arrange a consultation with the team? Brides can choose to have a full service wedding where Chambers Farm Flowers can creative and deliver all of your flowers or you can choose to have just the key elements like bouquets or even DIY buckets of flowers for you to arrange as table decorations. chambersfarmflowers.com

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