On any Sunday morning during high summer, pitch up at Manor Garden Flowers and pick your own bouquet. This idyllic Victorian walled garden is located near the River Tees in County Durham and was founded by husband-and-wife duo Clarey and Barney Wrightson as a cutting garden and florist that champions British blooms. ‘Twenty-five years ago, almost all vases were filled with flowers from Britain, whereas shockingly, now over 90 per cent of bouquet flowers are flown in from abroad,’ says Clarey. The blooms – ranging from glamorous peonies to cow parsley or big branches of foliage – are sold by the stem. Tea, tisanes and cakes made by a local charity will also be on offer, with all profits being donated to local refugee mentoring projects (17 July–28 August, free entry; manorgarden.co.uk).