FLOWER arrangers at Salisbury Cathedral are busy making wreaths for the festive season, in a bid to boost the monument's recovery appeal.

A flower festival was planned for September to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the cathedral, but as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic this could not go ahead.

Instead, the flower arrangers have been creating festive wreaths in their homes using holly, spruce, pinecones, berries and more.

The money raised from the decorations will be put towards the cathedral's recovery appeal, following its financial losses of around £2million caused by the pandemic.

Roslyn Peace, one of the cathedral flower arrangers, said: "We thought this was something that we could all do independently.

"We just wanted to do something as our whole purpose is to support the cathedral in any way we can, bringing happiness and celebrating Christmas through plants.

"Every interpretation will be different, but everyone is happy with the style we have chosen."

Priced at £25, wreaths can be pre-ordered until December 1, depending on stock, and they will be available for collection from the cathedral's south cloister on December 15, between 12pm and 2pm.

For more information and to buy a wreath visit the Salisbury Cathedral website.