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Funeral directors overcome fresh flower shortage

Posted onPosted on 25th Jan

Independent funeral directors A.W Lymn The Family Funeral Service has adapted its operations following a recent shortage of fresh flower supplies throughout the UK caused by Brexit to ensure families still receive their chosen blooms.

City Flowers, A.W. Lymn’s in-house florist, supplies floral arrangements for all 27 of the fifth generation family business’s funeral homes across Nottinghamshire and South Derbyshire.

Over the busy festive period, the supply of flowers into the UK ground to a halt as borders closed and a combination of Covid-19 restrictions and delays due to Brexit meant City Flowers’ source of blooms from Holland was suspended.

Despite the cut of supply, City Flowers managed to source fresh flowers from its local supplier to ensure customers who had placed orders between 30th December and 5th January received their tributes with only minor substitutions.

City Flowers has now placed a three-day notice on all floral tributes as the shortage of flower supplies and an increased number of deaths due to Covid-19 requires new ways of working.

Kerry Bishop, florist manager at City Flowers, said: “I’ve worked for the business for 15 years and I’ve never experienced a disruption to supply like that before. We work closely with each customer to fulfil their personal requests and you do not want to let anyone down. We really pride ourselves on sourcing fresh flowers that last a long time for families, so we made sure we did everything we could to maintain this service even if it meant a few substitutes to the flowers had to be made.”