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Sustainable Floristry Event: the reality and potential for the Floristry Supply Chain

Date: Monday 11th March 2019
Venue: Low Wood Bay Hotel, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1LP
Time: 9.30am - 3.30pm

The UK floristry industry is worth £2billion. 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 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

Cost: This event for SME businesses in the Cumbria is free, being fully funded by the ERDF through the Eco-Innovation Cumbria programme, University of Cumbria, and organised by Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS).

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This free workshop in Windermere is aimed at companies in the floristry supply chain in Cumbria and ideal for:

  • flower wholesalers
  • event managers
  • wedding planners
  • hotels and venues hosting conferences, weddings and celebrations
  • florists


The story so far: Low Wood Hotel outlines the environmental practices they implement and how they have achieved Green Tourism Gold award holders since 2014

Flower Ethics: The Global Cut Flower Research Project - Jill Timms, Co-Lead of a long term research project at Coventry University Business School into sustainability, ethics and certification in flower supply chains.

The Carbon Footprint of British & Imported Cut Flowers: Mike Berners-Lee, Small World Consulting. Mike is widely respected for his knowledge of the carbon footprint of everything.

British Flowers for Florists: Paula Baxter, Co-Chair of Flowers from the Farm and owner of Millpond Flower Farm, supplying wholesale to florists.

Case study: High street florist to sustainable business - Angela Coulton, Petal and Twig, sustainable wedding florist, flower farmer and sustainability consultant.

Practical workshop session with contributions from local event florist Made in Flowers and event stylist Tebbey and Co. including,

Seasonality and alternative flower varieties

Sustainable styling and traditional techniques

Solutions and ideas to meet the challenges

Who is eligible to attend?

This workshop is open to small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) in Cumbria that meet ERDF eligibility criteria: less than 250 FTE employees and turnover less than 50m euros or balance sheet total less than 43m euros.

For further information, contact:

Glyn Griffiths - Senior Project Officer, Eco Innovation Cumbria


Tel: 015394 30245

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