We started the farm in 2019, after my husband and I got married and I returned to the farm I grew up on to begin my lifelong dream of starting a business in floristry. We have quite an interesting (and growing!) family, our two dogs, 4 chickens, a cat and a baby born May 2021.
With a huge amount of manual labour and thousands of hours of effort, we converted a large, protected, south facing field into a flower farm, with 50 long flower beds, a beautiful Victorian style greenhouse, large compost bays, a Sweet Pea Pergola and most importantly… Some serious fencing protection from the neighbourhood wildlife.
The Farm is situated on the edge of Oxbury wood, which gives us a huge amount of inspiration, and we are fortunate enough to regularly see Fallow Deer, badgers, Red Kites, Barn and Tawny Owls, and even a local Woodpecker! For that reason, it’s important for us to use the business to support local wildlife, so have installed bat boxes, and planted wildflower meadows on our land to encourage bees and other pollinating insects.
Our name Hawksbury Hunt, comes from the original name of the woods. Ancient maps refer to it as ‘Hawksbury’ woods; however over the years, with the local dialect, turned the “Hawksbury” to “Oxbury”.
From a Young Age...
I have always been interested in flowers and it seems to run deeply in my family.
My mother was a budding horticulturalist, and growing up we were surrounded by wonderful plants and flowers.
She inherited this from my Grandparents, who were very green fingered, and many of my childhood memories are of their beautiful gardens.
I have some wonderful old photos that my grandparents and great grandparents took of their own gardens and flowers on their travels, so it is a pleasure for me to continue the family tradition of nurturing plants.
For the Love of Sweet Peas
Sweet peas have special meaning to me, they have been integral to special moments in my life. When I can across my grandmother, Floret's first flower book and her love of sweet peas, I knew I was on the right path. I was looking for a more outdoors job, inspired by my husband, who is a hunter, forager, fisher, and outdoor pursuits business owner. I also wanted pursue a career while bringing up a family - nurturing seedlings into beautiful flowers which brings people joy. I did the Floret flower farming course in 2019 and built the business from there.
We use all recycled, recyclable or compostable packaging. The inks used in the branding are sustainably sourced soy inks. Paper tape and compostable water pouches. We want to be as sustainable and environmentally friendly as we can. We love to encourage wildlife. We do not use chemicals and pesticides.