Mum’s green gifts take root in awards

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A MUM of four is celebrating this week and aims to branch out after receiving a top business accolade.

Angela Ward of Bardsey has been announced as one of only six runners-up in the Country Homes and Interiors business contest this month for her eco-friendly gift company Baby Roots.

“I have read the magazine since being a child so I am over the moon at winning a runners-up place in their competition,” said Angela.

She said she was inspired to start Baby Roots after moving a box of Christening gifts when she cleared space to move home.

Angela thought that if someone had given her an apple tree to celebrate the birth, it would always be on display and would grow with the child.

She started planting trees in 1999 and launched selling rowan trees as christening gifts, complete with eco-friendly wrapping and gift card.

The Baby Roots range has expanded to such varieties as wild cherry and rowan but still from her home and cover family events from birth to weddings and birthdays.

All of the trees are home grown, hand picked and packaged to include a wooden tag and include a pencil drawing of the gift to present as a gift card.

“It is all done on the kitchen table,” said Angela who lives with her husband Andrew and has children ranging from 23 to four years.

“I sell them from such as craft fairs and school PTA events and through my website.

“But since entering this competition it has been wonderful as I am now getting enquiries from throughout Britain and then Shadwell, which is just around the corner.”

Judges were impressed by Angela’s marketing material.