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The Flower Project opens on Mill Road

Clare Cook at The Flower Project on Mill Road. Picture: Keith Heppell
Clare Cook at The Flower Project on Mill Road. Picture: Keith Heppell

The Flower Project, which Clare Cook launched from her Milton home in March, has opened its first premises on Mill Road.

“We are staying open for deliveries and click and collect,” says Clare. “We don’t use a delivery service as we would have to box our flowers, and the way we do they’re not boxed, they’re in the hessian sat on the doorstep so its more personal and more beautiful. The bouquets are wrapped in bio-degradeable hessian: bouquets start at £35, with plants starting at £7.

“It’s just me at this stage because of lockdown, we might get a cycle delivery person after. March to October is British flower season as all-British in that time, suppliers now include France, Germany and the Netherlands, with a few bits from Cornwall and other parts of the UK – you can get astromeria from Cornwall, tulips, some greenery – eucalyptus, noble blue pine – from Cornwall, or Wales or Ireland.

“It’s been going really well, people in this area are really welcoming, the community is really amazing.”

Clare started off doing her own wedding flowers, before acquiring an NVQ in floristry. After working in a local florist for a year, she “took a few months off to decide where I wanted to take it. That’s when I came up with The Flower Project.”

She adds: “It’s an eco-friendly service, right through to the sustainable packaging.

“We are open 10am to 4pm, Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday. We close on Monday.

“Deliveries are by bike – my bike! – between 9am and 6pm, and if you order by midday it’s same-day delivery, so with click-and-collect during lockdown you can have click-and-collect the same day as well.”

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