Florist for Duke of Westminster’s wedding is eco firm praised by Lily James – The Telegraph

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The florist for the Duke of Westminster’s wedding is an eco-conscious firm that counts Lily James among its patrons, it can be revealed.

Flower and Press, based in London, will handle the flowers at Chester Cathedral for the much-anticipated society wedding of the Duke and duchess-to-be Olivia Henson on Friday.

Run by a team of three, the floral design studio reuses flowers to make pressed artwork in an effort to reduce waste and be more sustainable.

Designs are also made of chicken wire, water, Japanese Kenzan “frogs” and containers that can be “repurposed and used for future events”, the company claims.

The florist has proved a hit with clients, including actress Lily James, who praised the “magical forest” it created for her 30th birthday as “sensational”.

The firm prides itself on its sustainability

Credit: James Whatling

“Sustainability is … the heart of everything we do at Flower & Press,” the website reads. “In fact, reusing flowers to make pressed artwork to extend the useful lives of flowers and reduce waste was a founding principle of our business.

“We are committed to making our business as sustainable as we can.”

It adds: “We are a small but mighty team of three (Izzi, Jemimah and Veronique) who pride ourselves on our rich experience, creativity and our passion for creating show-stopping designs for our clients.”

Chester Cathedral was out in full bloom on Thursday as gardening teams began decorating the venue with stunning arrangements.

Free ice cream for visitors

The flowers, it is understood, will be donated to local charities and organisations following the ceremony, in keeping with a theme of sustainability and locally-sourced food.

The city of Chester is also being decorated, with 100,000 flowers paid for by the Duke planted in displays throughout the summer.

The couple are also supporting three independent businesses by subsidising free ice cream, gelato and sorbet for people visiting the city centre on Friday.

Cheshire Farm Ice Cream, based in Chester Market, is offering ice cream or slices of lemon sponge arctic roll, a new recipe prompted by the Duke and future Duchess’s lemon-flavoured wedding cake.

Prince William will attend the wedding in the role of usher to support the Duke, his friend, who is also godfather to Prince George. It is expected to be the glittering society event of the year.

The King is not expected to attend, despite being the Duke’s godfather, as he continues to undergo cancer treatment – and was also in France the day before the wedding, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

The Princess of Wales is expected to be absent as well, as she continues her own cancer treatment and recovery in the privacy of her family home in Windsor.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will also not be among the 400 guests next Friday, although the Duke is the godfather of Prince Harry’s five-year-old son Prince Archie.

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