This weekend prepare for your senses to be assailed by a range of colours and fragrances as the first new flower market to open in London in 150 years launches this Sunday.
Published: Friday, 4th September 2020
The Council has worked in partnership with a group of local residents to support this initiative which will see Chiswick High Road lined with stalls selling an array of flowers, bulbs, bamboos, grasses, fruit trees, succulents, plants and much more.
Specialist plant growers, florists, innovative new horticulture businesses and well-established traders from other markets including the very popular Columbia Road market will be selling a wide selection of flowers, plants, bedding, bouquets speciality offers and all aspects of horticultural loveliness.
The market will be open from 9.30am to 3pm on Sunday 6 September and every first Sunday of the month thereafter.
Visitors can buy cut flowers from local florist Pot Pourri, and from sustainable growers Electric Daisy Flower Farm. Children can indulge in Herboo’s nature boxes. Pepperpot Herbs, Chiswick’s Ailand and local horticultural charity Cultivate London will also be there with lots on offer.
The Council in conjunction with Sustrans is providing a unique same day cargo bike delivery service for the market. Customers will be able to have their flowers delivered on the same day, free of charge, to anywhere within a two-mile radius of Chiswick (W4 postcode).
Karen Liebreich, Director of the Chiswick Road Flower Market said: “This is a happy, positive event, designed to act as a catalyst to revive the High Road, bringing fresh footfall, spending, fun and greenery to the area.”
The market will provide a safe shopping environment by implementing a range of Covid-secure measures including a one-way system, provision of hand sanitiser and social distancing where possible. All visitors are strongly advised to wear a face covering, unless exempt while in the market space. Trained volunteers will also be on hand to support customers.
Cllr Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Climate Emergency, said: “We are excited to have a flower market in our borough, it promises to plant a smile during these challenging times. The residents who have started this enterprise have done a fantastic job working with local businesses to found the market. I would encourage residents to visit the market and please remember to stay safe, wear a face covering when required (unless you are exempt), sanitise your hands where possible, and practice social distancing. Most importantly, enjoy yourselves. With the e-cargo bike delivery same day service, don’t put your petal to the metal, travel to the flower market by bike! A big thank you to Fudges Cycle Store, for lending us the cargo bikes.”
“We understand that the last few months have been very difficult for businesses, many of whom were forced to close for long periods. As residents visit local shops, restaurants, cafes, and pubs, we have launched the #ShopSafeShopLocal campaign to help these businesses implement measures to be Covid-19 Secure. The Council has been working in partnership with Safer Business Hounslow and Hounslow Chamber of Commerce to train business support advisors who are helping businesses understand the rules, ensure they have the right guidance, and help their visitors shop with confidence.”
For more information on businesses that have reopened safely, and are Covid-19 Secure, please visit our interactive map.