UK: St Briavels grower Jo Thompson proves cut above with flowers role in Coronation

Among the thousands of flowers that decorated Westminster Abbey for the Coronation were some grown in the Wye Valley.

Grower Jo Thompson, who runs Wye Valley Flowers, was one of around 80 members of an organization called Flowers From The Farm invited to give blooms for the historic event.

Mrs. Thompson, who grows flowers at Hope Farm, St Briavels, said: "Flowers from the Farm were approached by Shane Connolly, who is the King's florist."

"He is an ambassador for Flowers from the Farm, which promotes British-grown flowers, and he asked the chairs if they could gift flowers to the Coronation."

"They chose growers from across the British Isles and chose about 10 percent who represent the diverse nature of their membership, and magically, I got chosen."

"I had to supply about 120 stems and take them to the hub in Bristol to be sorted.

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