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John Gibbons

John Gibbons

Where All Started

Have you ever thought about what your purpose is in life? I have, and I have always found myself searching for something to be passionate about; that one thing that surely was going to make me want to ‘’jump out of bed” in the morning.

I’ve tried several different professions but never truly felt happy with that career choice or felt that feeling of fulfillment that I was living my purpose.

There’s a quote from Richard Branson where he says, “If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose”.

Well, if I’m honest, I have always loved being in the garden and the outdoors but never thought I’d be able to find something that would allow me to incorporate that into a career. Until, one day, I found an online course called “Floret online flower farming course.” I was hesitant to start but jumped in with two feet, and guess what, I absolutely ADORED it! Here, I had found something that would allow me to live the lifestyle of being outdoors doing something that I loved!

I got my first allotment and grew one season of flowers, giving them to family and friends as gifts. 

” I had found something that would allow me to live the lifestyle of being outdoors doing something that I loved”

Could this be the start of something new? Could I have found my purpose in life? Was it to be a flower farmer? If it was, I was going to need more land to grow more flowers, and the allotment just wasn’t big enough.

I spoke to a few friends about what I was thinking about, and one of my friends put a post on the Hale Village Facebook group asking if anyone knew of any land going spare that I could use. It was a success! The owner of Pond House in Hale Village contacted me and said he had a glass house and some land that I could use to grow my flowers.

I made an appointment to speak to him and to see the land. It was the beginning of Lakes & Rivers! From that day forward I could see my dream of becoming a flower farmer starting to become a reality. Once I had secured the land, the planning began!

There was much work involved to get the ground ready for the start of the season, but when you have the passion that I have, it doesn’t seem like work!  

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If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.

The glass house needed clearing out, and the germination tent required setting up. New soil to be laid, needed to plan when to plant the seeds, taking in consideration all different types of flowers, the list was endless!

However, at the beginning of January 2019, the first tulips were planted! We are now in our first season, and I can’t tell you how excited and passionate I am to bring quality cut flowers to florists and the people of Liverpool. Supporting local farming and working with local businesses has been brilliant and has made me feel like I am contributing to the local environment.

Once I understood that this is my purpose in life gives me such a massive sense of fulfillment, and to be so passionate about giving back to the local community fills me with such pride!

I am excited for you all to join us at Lakes & Rivers and to be a part of our new journey. 

We have a lot of new and exciting things planned for this year, so please follow us through our website and social media accounts. 

All details of where to find our flowers will all be coming soon.

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