MY COUNTRY PASSION Hedgerow foraging
Country Homes & Interiors|December 2020
When she’s not running her floristry business, Susan Bailey West loves foraging for hedgerow finds to decorate her own home with, particularly at Christmas.
JACKY PARKER

As an only child growing up on a hill farm in Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland, I spent endless hours by myself creating dams in the burn, looking after my own animals and climbing miles over hills, helping my father with his cattle and sheep. A childhood in the wildness and raw beauty of Scotland has left me with an innate connection with nature.

I suspect I absorbed my love for flowers by osmosis, playing on my own, creating an imaginary world from the primroses, foxgloves and berries that I found. I had a deep sense of the seasons. I was extremely dyslexic however, and out of school and in the wilds of the farm my imagination was caught by what I could create in the landscape.

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