Ashes to Blooms came about in early 2022, after the loss of my 12 year old Netherland Dwarf rabbit, Lucy Rabbit, writes David Holmes. 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, & so went about setting up Ashes to Blooms.
I take the ashes of a loved one, whether a beloved person or a special pet & combine them with a unique combination of UK native wildflower seeds & other natural ingredients to create bespoke memorial seedballs, as unique as clients’ loved ones. Clients can give these to friends & family to scatter in a special place & they can then watch their wildflower memorial grow.
After the unexpected loss of my 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 & he will grow with us.
At the moment there is an incredible focus on the environment & this is at the heart of everything I do. All ingredients in the seed balls are natural & the wildflower seeds we use are all from varieties native to the UK. These flowers are ideal for attracting bees & butterflies to our gardens & helping to restore their habitats, much of which has been lost as a result of development & chemical use. I use no artificial ingredients in my seed balls & I use recycled packaging & marketing materials, wherever possible.
All products are made by hand by my family business in the town of Worthing, in West Sussex. In 2022 I was shortlisted for the Adur & Worthing Business Awards’ Sustainable Business of the Year award.
There is nothing similar in the world & I'm delighted to be able to offer clients an ecological alternative for remembering their loved one.
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