A PETWORTH florist is teaching the community how to create stunning floral creations, while raising thousands for charity.
Family-run business Spriggs has been at the heart of the town for more than 30 years, and is branching out with its charity work.
“I wanted to be a gardener, but ended up in the family business because I enjoy retail – I absolutely love helping people,” said Matthew Spriggs, who now runs the business with his sister Samantha.
Matthew got into the trade after helping in the shop at weekends and school holidays.
“I am fortunate to be a person who loves my job and I get a tremendous amount of job satisfaction.
“There was a demand for demonstrations, and they allow me to ‘give something back’.
“I have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity.”
In less than a year, Matthew and his team have raised some £4,000 for Help for Heroes, the Petworth Cottage Nursing Home, cancer charity CLIC Sargent, Pancreatic Cancer Action and the Royal British Legion.
Matthew added: “The Royal British Legion is very dear to me, the work they do is amazing. The team at the Cottage Nursing Home do a brilliant job.”
Spriggs has worked with the Goodwood estate for more than 25 years, and designs the floral creations at its three major annual events – Glorious Goodwood, the Revival, and the Festival of Speed.
The team is also commissioned by prestigious names such as McLaren, Mercedes and Audi to create displays for their stands, each with their own unique identity to reflect the ethos of their brand.
“It makes for very interesting work – if a little stressful meeting deadlines.”
Matthew says he entered the industry as it underwent drastic changes, “Floristry changed, it became more interesting and a lot more creative.
“You have to embrace new styles and products.”
And he gets his inspiration from everywhere, from cities to the catwalk: “I go to London when I can. It’s good to see what the vibe is – you’ve just got to have you eyes open.
“It’s also good to keep a little bit of seasonality, keep it fresh.”
MATTHEW will give a Christmas demonstration in the Leconfield Hall in aid of the Petworth Cottage Nursing home.
Doors open at 7pm on Friday, November 28. Tickets are £10 from Spriggs the Florist on 01798 343372 or from www.spriggs-florist.co.uk
There will also be two Christmas workshops in the Leconfield Hall on December 2 and 3.
Numbers are limited to 20 places per workshop. There will be two items made, demonstrated by Matthew, who with his team will give help and tuition while you make your own design. Groups will meet at 9.30am for coffee and start at 10am.
The cost of the workshop is £99 inclusive of materials and refreshments. To book email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Spriggs on 01798 343372.