We are the fourth generation of Butler's to live at West End and the first generation to turn fields into flower fields (much to the shock of Grandpa who initially thought that growing flowers wasn't real farming) for commerical use.
We have a love of growing, confirmed to us over the last 18 months of running the farm. Will and I are eager to see what our expansion of last Autumn is going to bring and interested to see what this year ahead brings us. We have three small children, whom, if you happen to visit us, you may see around. They all help out when they can and are interested. Our youngest, is four, and is the happiest of 'helpers' but as his weeding in late September meant we lost half a crop of lupins - I'm keeping a strict eye. We'll keep him for mouse catching!
Our plans for the farm are to run a sustainable farm providing the best quality British flowers for the surrounding community. Our dream is that our farm of approximately 30 acres is one day full of flowers and is providing our family with a solid, safe future.
We are not florists, but, are grower's and whilst I (Bella) did an amazing course with the fabulous Jay Archer and learnt all what is entailed in creating bridal flowers we are solely concerntrating on growing the flowers so florists, professional and otherwise, can do the amazing arty bit.
Our family's top 5:
Bella - The quintessential English Scented Rose
Will - Dahlias, every single one
R - Snapdragons
E - Appleblossom branches
H - Sweet Peas