FLOWER PICK­ING

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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).

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