8th Day News
Weleda Insight Day
On Friday Melissa and Sally from the the Bodycare Team in the Shop were lucky enough to go to a Weleda Insight Day at their UK HQ in Ilkeston, Derbyshire. There was a good mix of other healthfood store staff, beauty bloggers and therapists. The day started with a cup of tea and a quick welcome talk from Weleda which focussed on their history and ethos. Then it was onto the minibus for a tour around Weleda’s incredible gardens. Weleda grow a lot of their own herbs and botanicals and have gardens all over the world from New Zealand to France. Where botanicals are grown, Weleda ensure that fair trade and fair pricing farming projects are used to help local communities. The company pay a fair price for the labour and ingredients. Three hundred species of plants alone are grown in the gardens in Ilkeston, impressive eh?
In the gardens we were met by Weleda’s retired head gardener Michael, who is a wealth of knowledge! I n the gardens there are every variety of plant from pretty flowers to green plants, including some that were poisonous to touch! We spent a couple of hours in the gardens and while we were there we also learnt about the importance of the bees and other pollinating insects, and discovered the how important the approach to biodynamic farming is to Weleda and how important it is for continues soil health.
After a delicious,locally made lunch, we had additional talks focusing on the products as well a some fun interactive sessions which highlighted the differences between natural products like Weleda’s and soem of the products commonly found on the high street. Then it was back to the train station and home to Manchester, full of new found knowledge and a passion for all things Weleda!