The environment is now at the very top of our agenda here at the British Academy of Floral Art, as it is increasingly for many businesses around the world. As florists, the environment is of particular importance: not only does nature inspire our designs, it also provides the raw materials for our work.
We have been looking closely at our premises, the way we work, and what we teach with the ultimate aim of becoming a carbon neutral business. And we are delighted to say that our commitment has been recognised with a Proud to be Green symbol.
Our Dunchideock studio is fully fueled by biomass heating and we recycle and compost all our green waste on site. As we gear up to move into larger premises, we have commissioned beautiful wooden tables from locally, wind-felled trees.
We teach a wide range of alternative mediums and mechanics across the Academy course curriculum to support sustainable floristry, reviving old techniques and pioneering new ones. And in fact, Environmental Design is now taught as a stand-alone module within the Academy Masters programme. We have moved over to bio floral foam and away from cellophane, and are constantly researching and trialing alternative products as they are developed.
Whenever possible, we choose to work closely with British growers, and use locally-grown and foraged materials extensively across our courses. In exciting new developments at the Academy, we have created an on site cutting garden and launched the new Academy’s Cutting Flower Garden Course to teach students how to use their own gardens as a source of floral material.
We are committed to supporting sustainable, commercial floristry both by example and through our teaching. Every year, we appoint a charity, and we are delighted to announce that our 2020 charity will raise funds for planting trees.