Flower arrangers join national day to ‘spread some love’ with The Lonely Bouquet

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Berkhamsted Flower Club

Berkhamsted Flower Club is among hundreds of clubs taking part in National Flower Arranging Day on Friday, May 1.

The National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS) is using beautiful little bunches to ‘spread some love’ around the UK. Last year the charity distributed more than 60,000 bouquets across the UK, embracing The Lonely Bouquet concept, started by Belgian Emily Avenso, where flowers are left everywhere, from park benches and shop doorsteps, to well-known landmarks and surprise locations, to brighten someone’s day.

NAFAS also hopes that by promoting the Lonely Bouquet concept, it can in turn promote the flower industry itself and attract new members to join clubs. The bouquet’s new owners are encouraged to post a message back to NAFAS, to let them know it found a good home.

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The Berkhamsted Flower Club meets at the Cricket Club on the second Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm, apart from May when the club has an outing to Savill Gardens. Details from Heather Houston 01442 386657 or visit www.berkoflowerclub.org

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