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    of a market that was set up in 1920 at the end of the First World War to help Chiswick get back on its feet.”
He thought it was the ideal location for a Sunday market and decided to test the water to see if others wanted to tap into the area’s rich horticultural heritage.
“I approached the local authority who backed the idea but said it would be down to myself and any other interested parties,” Ollie said.
He proposed the idea on a community website and organised a public meeting in a local pub.
Karen Liebreich, who runs a guerrilla gardening organisation called Abundance London and had set up Chiswick Kitchen
Garden, and Bridget Osborne, were soon on board.
And lots of like-minded individuals were also keen to get involved.
“About 200 people attended the first public meeting and from that we were able to form The Chiswick Flower Market Community Interest Company,” he said.
Any profits the company makes will go back into improving Chiswick, Ollie added.
A couple of flower traders from the local market, and the local florist, were keen to stand the new market. And Ollie was able to stir up interest among traders at Columbia Road.
Then COVID-19 struck.
“Strangely the market idea actually flourished during lockdown,” Ollie said.
“People had time on their hands and developing a new market was a great way of keeping busy and positive,” he said.
Some people launched new horticultural ventures during lockdown. One city lawyer is turning her back on her high-flying career and starting a new business selling houseplants and pots.
A former BA man has started Urban Tropicana specialising in unusual house plants and another local has launched Herboo, which aims to get children interested in growing seeds.
One new business that launched on the

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