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Sustainable Floristry Event

The Lake District is one of the most popular destinations for hospitality, weddings and corporate events, which places these businesses servicing this sector firmly in the floristry supply chain. Hotels and venues are becoming renowned for sourcing local foods, using renewable energy and minimising water consumption, but are the flowers on their tables equally sustainable?

With Instagram-fuelled public interest in eco, ethical, local and plastic free issues how do you respond? At this unique event on March 11-9:30 am – 3:30 pm you’ll hear from leading experts in floristry and sustainability, exploring the business challenges and opportunities for sustainable floristry in Cumbria, with the opportunity to network with venues, florists, the supply chain and the growers.

Through this workshop, you will:

  • understand what sustainable floristry means and why it’s relevant
  • be able to make informed, sustainable choices in your venue or floristry business
  • share the challenges of sourcing flowers and some solutions
  • be informed about certification for sustainable grown flowers
  • become more aware of concerns around use of plastics and foams
  • identify new markets for businesses
  • identify ways to make your events and venues more sustainable, and make a positive impact on climate change


Low Wood Hotel outlines the environmental practices they implement

Flower Ethics: The Global Cut Flower Research Project – Jill Timms Co-Lead of a long term research project at Coventry University Business School

The Carbon Footprint of British & Imported Cut Flowers: Mike Berners-Lee, Small World Consulting.

British Flowers for Florists: Paula Baxter, Co-Chair of Flowers from the Farm and owner of Millpond Flower Farm

Case study: High street florist to sustainable business – Angela Coulton, Petal and Twig, sustainable wedding florist

Further information

For further information, please contact Glyn Griffiths, Cumbria Innovations Platform Project Manager:

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