Ashes to Blooms is a new business, just over a year old, that provides those who have lost loved ones with bespoke memorial seed balls containing a small amount of their ashes, allowing them to grow their own wildflower memorial.
A family business based in Worthing, West Sussex & run by David Holmes, assisted by family members, Ashes to Blooms launched early in 2022 following the loss of David’s 12-year-old Netherland dwarf rabbit.
David explains: “After losing Lucy Rabbit, I couldn’t find any service or product that I felt would be an appropriate tribute to my beautiful & naughty girl, and so I went about setting-up Ashes to Blooms. I was looking for something that would bring me joy.”
“I take the ashes of a loved one, whether a beloved person or a special pet, and combine them with a unique combination of UK native wildflower seeds & other natural ingredients to create bespoke memorial seed balls, as unique as my clients’ loved ones. Clients can then give these to friends & family to scatter in a special place, and they can then watch their wildflower memorial grow”.
The value of this was brough even further to David following the unexpected loss of his brother last August “It was an honour to create seed balls, alongside my parents, using my brother’s ashes. This summer we will all plant our seed balls in our gardens & on our balconies, and he will grow with us.”
“At the moment there is an incredible focus on the environment, and this is at the heart of everything I do. All ingredients in the seed balls are natural & the wildflower seeds I use are all varieties native to the UK. These flowers are ideal for attracting bees & butterflies to our gardens & helping to restore their habitat, much of which has been lost because of development & chemical use. I use no artificial ingredients in my seed balls, and I use recycled packaging & marketing materials, wherever possible.”
David was shortlisted for Adur & Worthing Business Awards’ Sustainable Business of the Year award earlier this year.
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