The florists at Crimson Rose are a passionate group, and take inspiration from the nature and city around them, and the local history we are so proud of. Flowers and the natural world are essential, not only to preserve the past, but also to ensure the future. We want to take this opportunity to provide a brief history of the local area and some of the flowers, and florists, that inspire us.
Plumstead is part of South East London, in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, and is part of the historic county of Kent. Formed in 1965 as a result of the London Government Act 1963, the London Borough of Greenwich covers the former area of the Metropolitan Borough of Greenwich and part of the Metropolitan Borough of Woolwich. The Greenwich prime meridian is located here, and it is on this that all Coordinated Universal Time is based. The designation GMT, or Greenwich Mean Time, began because of the prime meridian running through the Greenwich Observatory, and is the basis for all world times. As a result of this Greenwich was the only UK destination to be voted in the top ten global destination’s in 2012. It was in the same year that Greenwich became a Royal Borough partly due to historic links to the Royal Family and because of its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as home of the Prime Meridian.
Despite being in a metropolis such as London, Plumstead and the Royal Borough of Greenwich have a varied history, with close ties to the natural world and some excellent examples of parks and nature reserves which enhance and promote local flowers, not to mention inspire artisanal florists. Therefore, it seems apt to start with Plumstead Common. The common was first mentioned in the Domesday Book, and the name refers to the place where plums grow. As the Industrial Revolution grew at pace in the 19th century much of the local land was being sold to provide housing for migrant workers, and the arrival of the railways only increased the speed of this process. So the people of Plumstead protested that they had historic rights to graze livestock on the common, and to use it as a place for recreation and sport. Eventually, there were riots which led to the 1878 Plumstead Common Act, which ensured that 100 acres would remain a public space forever. Locals make good use of the common today, and it is a beautiful sight when the flowers are in bloom, attracting flower lovers and florists looking for inspiration in crowds surpassed only by the pollinators attracted by the aroma of the plants and flowers.
South East London is awash with green spaces, giving local residents and tourists open and friendly green spaces which provide some tranquillity within the bustling city. In addition to providing oases of calm, these green spaces also highlight the diversity of local flowers and wildlife, and help to educate the public as to the importance of ecology and the environment. A prime example of this is Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park. Located on the banks of the River Thames the park reflects the original marshland found on the site and provides a haven for various species of birds, plants, bugs and flowers, and is an effective curb to urban sprawl. It was completed in 2000 and the 11 hectare site is half terrestrial and half aquatic. It is a florists dream, providing perfect examples of local flowers and endless inspiration in the crowded city.
We are confident that we have the bouquet, or flower, for any occasion, and want to share our inspiration and passion as local, artisanal florists with you.
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