Easy on the eye and eco-friendly alongside – The Grove, Hertfordshire is set to showcase its Christmas decorations with a sustainable edge throughout its extensive grounds and gardens this year
Set to transform into a foliage-clad paradise, The Grove is aiming to champion a more sustainable and nature-based Christmas for 2021 through an exciting collaboration between the in-house gardens team and McQueens Flowers, the first florist in the world to be awarded a Positive Luxury Butterfly Award for its commitment to improving sustainability.
The beautiful country escape is on a mission to show guests that they can still create a thoroughly festive look while minimising waste and prioritising natural materials. Encapsulating the mantra ‘less is more’ – The Grove will be given a natural beauty makeover, with rustic decorations crafted by McQueens Flowers using botanicals, reused materials and soft textiles, echoing the surrounding flora and fauna.
Decorations will be presented alongside seasonal flowers that have been carefully selected from the grounds, whilst lengths of dried Amaranthus flower stems will hang from the windows, with their rich earthy scent.
Guests can take a stroll and explore the lush woodland, seeing for themselves how the Christmas concept has been inspired by the estate. Holly, pinecones, twigs and red berries all provide the perfect starting point for sustainable Christmas decorations, which guests can take inspiration from for their own homes.
Head Gardener Tash Geldenhuys explains how guests can forage their own gardens for fallen materials to create a natural festive display; Christmas wreaths, tablescapes and wall hangings can be easily arranged by using seed heads, dried flowers, and seasonal foliage. Items can be coloured by using food colourings or spare paints to enhance interior décor. Remember to use biodegradable glitter if you want to add magical sparkle and hang from natural twine or ribbons.
As well as the rustic decor, the dedicated team at The Grove have created an array of activities during the festive period for children and adults alike, including arts and crafts sessions that will spark creativity. After enjoying these activities, families will be able to capture the perfect family photos in the hotel’s lobby by hopping aboard Santa’s sleigh, adorned with warm fluffy sheepskins – the perfect way to bask in the sustainability-inspired surroundings.
Make it happen
Nightly rates at The Grove start from £485 for a Classic Room, as part of the Twixmas break. For more information or to book please visit www.thegrove.co.uk or call 01923 296010.