LOCAL growers of British flowers are celebrating British Flowers Week (June 10 - 16) by leaving bouquets of freshly cut British flowers for people to find and take home.

Readers are encouraged to look out for bouquets, wrapped in brown paper and bearing the words “Take Me Home” around Ilkley. The week is a celebration of British-grown cut flowers and foliage that aims to make home-sourced blooms the first choice for the nation’s flower-lovers.

“There is something very special about British Flowers” said Susanne Loweth of Beamsley Blooms, of Beamsley near Bolton Abbey. “As a wedding florist, I use British whenever I can, because you get so many beautiful flowers to choose from. You can create a unique look that you just cannot get with imported flowers.”

Claire Clark (Pear Tree House Flowers), who grows a wide range of annual and perennial flowers at Middleton near Ilkley, said buying British grown is great for the environment too. “My flowers have zero air miles, are grown without pesticides and as a bonus, the scent is amazing!”

Jane Tucker, of The Gathered Garden in Bingley is also supporting British Flowers Week.