WITH Mother's Day coming up on Sunday, a Clapham based charity is urging people to think twice about what they buy.

Instead of buying a bouquet of cut flowers - 90 per cent of which will have been imported - the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust is urging people to consider an environmentally friendly alternative.

And instead of cut flowers, destined to wilt in vases, the charity wants people to help it restore beautiful and living wildflower hay meadows in parts of the Yorkshire Dales and Forest of Bowland.

A 'living bouquet' from the charity will include a gift pack, card, and pack of wildflower seeds, sourced from the North of the country. It will also include a guide to one of the best wildflower walks in the Dales.

Tanya St. Pierre, YDMT’s Hay Time project officer, said while few could resist beautiful flowers, around 90 per cent were foreign imports that had travelled hundreds if not thousands of miles.

"By giving a Living Bouquet, people can help us to save the precious wildflower meadows on our doorstep. These vibrant habitats are teaming with up to 120 species of wildflowers and grasses per field, and are home to many rare species of wildlife; plants like the Globeflower and endangered animals like the Brown Hare. They also provide a vital habitat for bumblebees and other important pollinators. So instead of giving a bunch of foreign imports this Mother’s Day, why not do something really special in honour of your mum."

A Living Bouquet costs £25, which will be used by the charity's award winning Hay Time project, which since 2006 has worked with farmers and contractors to reinstate low intensity farming techniques to deliver practical conservation work.

Orders need to be made by 11am on Friday (March 24) to be delivered in time for Mother's Day. Visit the website ydmt.org/LivingBouquet or telephone 015242 51002.