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The Monnow Valley, near Skenfrith, Monmouthshire is home to Petals of the Valley. Here we grow fragrant roses and the companion plants that help our roses thrive such as calendula, mignonette, lavender, rosemary and garlic.
We take an organic approach, intervening as little as possible, encouraging plants to self seed and naturalise. We think that this, together with unspoilt soil, fresh air and refreshing Welsh rain, is why our fields are teeming with wildlife and our plants flourish.
We are Denise Jones and Desdemona Freeman, and we founded Petals of the Valley with the seemingly impossible aim of making pure welsh rose essential oil. As it turns out, we have produced the most delightful, rose oil rich, fragrant rosewater of which we are so proud we no longer intend to make rose oil!
Recycling and recycled material and the minimal use of electricity are at the heart of all our processes. Any electricity we do use is mitigated by our solar panel array.
Our water is untainted spring water. Rigorously tested as you can imagine.
We would never test on animals and are committed to being bee friendly.
In the field we use natural soil enhancers such as horse and cow manure (thanks to Apollo, Laddy etc.). We use straw to capitalise on the non invasive no dig method for making beds.
Our ingredients are 100% natural with any waste going to the compost heap.
The ingredient with the least environmental impact of all - time - allows our rosewaters to mature in what seems to be a truly alchemical way....