Council funding for “inspirational” flower arranging project

The Flower Bank in New Barnet offers workshops for people with dementia

Barnet Vale Labour Richard Barnes pictured with Ursula Stone of The Flower Bank
Left: Councillor Richard Barnes (Labour, Barnet Vale), Right: Ursula Stone – (Credit – Barnet Labour Group)

A New Barnet community project providing low cost flowers and flower arranging workshops has received £4,000 of funding from Barnet Council. 

The Flower Bank, run by Ursula Stone takes flowers that would otherwise be thrown away and uses them to create arrangements that are affordable for people on lower incomes for events such as weddings and funerals.

Part of the project’s mission is to open up flower arranging to people who are traditionally marginalised. 

The funding, secured by Labour councillor for Barnet Vale Richard Barnes, will support flower-arranging workshops for people with dementia at the New Barnet Friends Meeting House, on Leicester Road.

Explaining the value of the workshops, Ursula said: “A lot of activities are not suitable for people with dementia. Flower arranging is, and it’s wonderful to offer these sessions for them and their families. We smile and laugh and quite often sing through our sessions. It is a unique and innovative project.” 

Cllr Barnes said: “Ursula’s work is inspirational and it’s been a pleasure to champion the scheme at the council. I am sure these sessions will bring much joy to clients and carers alike.”

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