Giant feature biodiversity planters, bug hotels, wildlife, animal, bird & insect homes @ #fots2023
In the height of Covid as the country was shut down and as people we took to the open spaces for our daily exercise and realised the amount of nature and birds that surrounded us, we took to our gardens to feed the birds, buy hedgehog homes and bug hotels as a past-time. Wild bird care saw a 73% sales increase during these times. But in the background Covid also bought massive challenges for buyers as suddenly container prices went through the roof and they had to find British alternatives. As it happened, the mum of Sammy Holman, Director of Wildlife and Birdcare Nature Recovery Project CIC asked her to make some bird houses in their garage at home. Sammy made 30 of them and her mum was so impressed that she told her to put them on the internet and see the results.
Cutting a long story short – Blue Diamond saw the potential and has worked with Sammy’s team to develop various lines in wild bird care and nature recovery. All the products are made by people with autism and learning disabilities. They have grown from 3 people in a garage during lockdown to an 8,000 sq ft workshop where they churn out quality biodiverse, eco-friendly and sustainable habitat boxes every single day.
The team of 10 workforce plus 20 learners from Strathmore College in Stoke on Trent is a strong team of foragers, makers and printers who all club together to produce not only habitat products but a brilliant range of seeds cards, seed balls, wildflower growing kits, greetings cards, merchandise and gifts all relating to nature and flowers.
Wildlife and Birdcare Nature Recovery Project CIC print a wide range of t-shirts, hoodies, caps, jumpers and bags where retailers can choose their own images or use theirs. Everything is printed by Sammy’s team, they make cushions and t-towels and anything retailers need or might want.
Come and see them at Four Oaks on outside plot OP33.