UK: Bishop backs campaign for more sustainable approach to flower-arranging

THE campaign for churches to take a more sustainable approach to flower-arranging and to stop using floral foam in displays has been backed by the Bishop of Dudley, the Rt Revd Martin Gorick.

The Bishop, a self-confessed keen gardener, has used a website conversation with the Prince of Wales’s florist, Shane Connolly, to highlight the perils to the environment of the micro-plastics from which the foam is made.

Bishop Gorick said: “Like many, I love to see flower arrangements in church, and always admire the ingenuity and skill of flower-arrangers; however, I have recently been made aware of the damaging impact of floral foam.

“As a diocese, we are committed to playing our part in tackling the climate crisis, and stopping using floral foam is one change that we can make in the fight to reduce single-use plastics. The Royal Horticultural Society have now banned floral foam in their displays at shows, such as Chelsea and Malvern, and I urge churches to also take a lead in this area to ensure our wonderful floral displays are as sustainable as possible.”

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