Floral arts club say it with free flowers
Members leave bouquets with messages attached
KIND-HEARTED members of a flower arranging club left ‘lonely bouquets’ in public places for passers-by to take home and enjoy.
The Uxbridge & Ickenham Floral Arts Society stealthily deployed 10 bunches at spots around the borough, such as Hillingdon Athletics Track and by the statue in Uxbridge High Street.
Each had a message attached, inviting those who came across the flowers – which included everything from roses to lilies and tulips – to take them home, as well as the club’s contact details.
Club secretary Cristine Benn, 55, of Belmont Close, Uxbridge, said: “It’s quite a nice thing to do, because everybody loves flowers, for nothing.
“As far as I know they’ve all been taken.”
The idea was part of a national initiative led by the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS).
Mrs Benn said another reason the Uxbridge society got involved was to encourage new members, including
especially younger them.
The society will celebrate its 60th anniversary next year and has nearly 70 members aged 40 to 80.
They meet on the second Thursday of every month at Ickenham Village Hall, in Swakeleys Road, Ickenham. Email crissiebenn@hotmail. co.uk for more details.