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The Retreat Animal Rescue Charity Wedding Favour

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The Retreat Animal Rescue is a charity close to our hearts, we love it so much and the work they do for animals that we go there every week to hang out in the cafe and mingle with the animals!  We are so pleased to be able to support them in this way, with our Retreat Animal Rescue charity wedding favour.

The Retreat was born in 1989 out of frustration at the way the human race treats animals. As a result, the charity now saves tormented, abused, sick, injured and unwanted animals from certain death.  Some of their residents include: ex-race horses, ex-riding school ponies, injured live export sheep, cows saved from slaughter, ex-petting farm goats, injured birds, ferrets, Christmas turkeys, worn-out battery hens, disabled non-releasable wildlife, fish, small domestics, old or feral and FIV cats, and dogs who have failed behaviour tests in other dog homes.  They offer specialised care for the animals who we take in. They are a not-for-profit vegan organisation.

All funds raised go to the welfare of the animals, being cared for and, where possible, animals are re-homed in permanent, loving homes.  The Retreat also operates a genuine no-kill policy.

The site is set in countryside near Tenterden in Kent and accommodates the main rescue centre and wildlife hospital to deal with most animal intakes and emergencies.  There is also  a vegan cafe offering scrumptious food, a charity shop and log cabin accommodation for over night or longer stays.  The number of animals being cared for by The Retreat is over 1,000 at any one time.

RHS Plants for Pollinators50p from every packet sold will go to The Retreat.  The seed packets are recycled and white in colour and contain British-grown British wildflower seeds, which are all perfect for butterflies, bees and other insects – Poppy, Corn Marigold, Cornflower and Corn Chamomile.  The packets are also personalised with your wedding details – please advise these in the personalisation box above.  The packets can also be used for any other event, or even have a logo added if for business purposes.  The seeds themselves are in a paper sachet inside the packet (not a foil and plastic one).  They are viable for a few years so, if not using them straightaway, they can be stored somewhere cool and dry, out of direct sunlight.By giving your guests these seed packets you are helping the environment and our declining bee and butterfly populations – grow the love and Nature will love you back!

Please do visit both The Retreat’s website and the place itself, you will have a truly wonderful experience.  There is no entry fee and you can mingle with the animals and have a cuddle or two.
Registered charity number 1105654.  Be kind, it’s easy.

 

“We chose this product because we wanted wedding favours that wouldn’t just end up in the bin adding to the plastic problem. The fact you get to select from a number of charities to support is fantastic as well as helping your own local environment adding flowers to improve the biodiversity is a massive plus. Love the design of the packages and they are a good size.” (A happy customer!)

About the Seeds

Cornflower

Bee on cornflower

This pretty wildflower was once common in the wild in cornfields but is now very rare in the wild, having been eradicated by farmers.  The flowers are blue and “fluffy” and much loved by bumblebees, honeybees and solitary bees.  All members of the centaurea family are rich in nectar.

Latin name – centaurea cyanus

Height – 60 cm

Habitat – sun

Annual

Flowering time – June to August

Corn Marigold

corn marigold2

Corn Marigold is popular with butterflies, bees and other bugs. Its vibrant yellow flowers are fabulous

Latin name – chrysanthemum segetum

Height – 60 cm

Flowering time – June to August

Annual

Habitat – sunny

 

Poppy

Poppy with hoverfliesFamiliar red flowers sometimes seen in field margins in the wild, or, rarely, abundant in fields.  Poppies are also wild grassland and meadow flowers.

Latin name – papaver rhoeas

Height – up to 60 cm

Habitat – sunny

Flowering time – June to September

Hardy annual.

Poppies produce abundant pollen, which is generally very dark in colour. Bumblebees and honeybees in particular seem to like it.  Some reports suggest that poppies may have a bit of a narcotic effect on bees, someone in Germany noting that when his honeybees had been on poppies, they had trouble finding the entrance to their hive!  Hoverflies also really like poppies.

Corn Chamomile

Corn chamomileAs the name suggests, this wildflower has yellow and white chamomile-like flowers.  Common in fields, meadows and grassland.

Latin name – anthemis arvensis

Height – 40 cm

Hardy annual

Habitat – sunny

Flowering time – May to September

Corn Chamomile provides nectar for butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects.

Up to around 60 cm.

Hardy annuals.

Full sun

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