For the last few years the 'buzzword' within the farming community has been diversification. Farmers today are busily turning their hands to a large variety of different ventures, including specialty cheese making, delicious tasty yogurts and ice cream. Some use their potato crops to make luxury high-end crisps. Many farmers are now making high-end gins in a variety of different flavours from herbs, berries and plants that grow on their land.
The farm that we visited has turned diversification into a very successful business, having made over several acres of land into colourful flower fields and then using the petals to make confetti following a drying process.
Not only that, but it has now also become a very popular tourist destination.
The dried Delphinium petals are now very fashionable with brides from all around the world. They are eco friendly, a sustainable product and importantly, biodegradable.
However, using natural flower petals is a revival - the Victorian's always used flower petals to throw over a bride and groom on their wedding day.
Flowers symbolise love, so starting married life under a shower of confetti petals is considered to be lucky.
The tradition of throwing confetti dates back to pagan times when it was thought to keep away evil spirits and bestow fertility upon the marriage. It endures as one of those traditions that are only experienced on a wedding day.
The fields are normally open for 10 days at the beginning of June, but due to lockdown, visiting wasn't permitted. However, knowing how disappointed people would be, the enterprising farmer sowed another crop of seeds hoping that the situation might change.