Suffolk florist's crowns for Ukraine

rustic flower crown in browns yellows and natural tones Credit: Olivier YoanClaire Cowling of Suffolk-based Thrive Floristry ( created this stunning headdress as part of an appeal to help victims of the war in Ukraine.

"I really wanted to show my support personally and, together with a group of fellow florists, we decided to be part of a charity campaign to raise funds through our floristry skills," she explains.

Fellow florists around the country have created flowercrowns and vinoks, a traditional Ukrainian headdress, and posted photographs of them to raise money for the work being done to support those in need in the war-torn country.

Claire's vinok was inspired by the traditional values of reusing what Mother Nature provides and includes a mix of fresh and dried materials in the colours of the Ukrainian flag, "It was such a joy to make," she adds.

As a special thank-you, Claire is also providing instructions for all those that donate, so they can learn how to make their own flower crown.

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