Bembridge Flower Shop’s owner Chris Littlewort with the decorated post box and The Lonely Christmas Bouquet, which they have left all over Bembridge and St Helens. Picture by Jennifer Burton.
CHRISTMAS time is the season of good will.
And in the spirit of good will, one Bembridge florist is spreading a little festive cheer around the village.
Bembridge Flower Shop, in the High Street, has been leaving bouquets of flowers around Bembridge and St Helens, with a note attached saying take them home or give them to somebody who deserves them, as part of a national campaign run by the British Florist Association (BFA).
Florist Clare Munro said: "We have had a great response locally from our lonely bouquets and it inspired us to get thinking about how we could spread a little more Christmas cheer to a wider audience in our area.
"So, employing a few guerilla art ideas, we have also decorated our pillar box in the main High Street.
"We hope to make people take a second look and raise many smiles from those posting their Christmas cards.
"We have had 40 people come into the shop saying it has made their day, which is amazing, and we have even had the seal of approval from our local postie."
The idea of 'the Christmas Lonely Bouquet’ stemmed from a woman
in America, who decided to leave small bouquets in various locations for people to find with a note attached, asking them to care for the flowers.
When the BFA caught wind, it asked florists up and down the country to get involved and, ever since, people have been finding bouquets and posting their image on the Lonely Bouquet Facebook page.