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UK: How an East Yorkshire flower grower helped set the scene for the Coronation

Seasonal UK flowers were what King Charles and Queen Camilla wanted for their Coronation, and those were exactly what went into the stunning floral displays that adorned Westminster Abbey on Saturday, May 6.

The glorious arrangements of home-grown flowers and foliage came courtesy of an organization called Flowers From The Farm (FFTF), a group founded by East Yorkshire farmer and flower grower Gill Hodgson. Millions of viewers from around the world will have admired the stunning displays of flowers on Saturday. Following the ceremony, the flowers have been donated to care homes, hospices, shelters, and other community services.

Gill set up her organization in 2011. At the time, she was shocked to learn that, at the time, only ten percent of the flowers sold in the UK were sourced from within the country, Gill decided to help breathe new life into the British flower industry.

She set up the FFTF marketing cooperative with her daughter, Peggy, in a bid to encourage farmers and landowners to grow flowers for cutting. It now champions more than 950 growers of seasonal, scented, sustainable British cut flowers.


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