Windermere is to host an event to show florists how they can go greener to help save the planet. And one of the country’s leading experts on greenhouse gases will head the discussions.
The day-long workshop at Low Wood Bay Resort and Spa is aimed at companies in the floristry supply chain in Cumbria such as flower wholesalers, event managers, wedding planners, and hotels and other venues.
Organised by Eco-Innovation Cumbria, the aim is to explore the business challenges and opportunities for sustainable floristry.
“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?” said Glyn Griffiths, Senior Project Officer.
“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.”
Sustainable floristry looks at where flowers are sourced, as well as eliminating harmful plastics, foam, cellophanes and other packaging.
Contributors to the event include Mike Berners-Lee, researcher and writer on greenhouse gases, who is professor and fellow of the Institute for Social Futures at Lancaster University and director of Small World Consulting. He will look at the carbon footprint of British and imported cut flowers.
Paula Baxter, co-chair of Flowers from the Farm and owner of Millpond Flower Farm will lead a discussion on British flowers for florists, and there will be case studies and workshop demonstrations.
The Low Wood Bay team will discuss the environmental practices they implement and how they have achieved Green Tourism Gold award.
The event, on Monday March 11, is free for SME businesses in Cumbria, funded by the ERDF through the Eco-Innovation Cumbria programme, University of Cumbria, and organised by Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS).