Garden centre staff make hundreds of Christmas wreaths

South Downs Nurseries, Hassocks'Staff make Christmas wreaths by hand.'Pictured Hilary Laycock SUS-151012-153550001
South Downs Nurseries, Hassocks'Staff make Christmas wreaths by hand.'Pictured Hilary Laycock SUS-151012-153550001

Hilary Laycock has a busy time ahead as she, and a small team (including Steph Ellett ), prepare to make over 700 festive wreaths before December 25. They can be seen at work every day in Hassocks at South Downs Nurseries and their creations will end-up on the front doors of houses across Sussex this Christmas.

“There are many types of Christmas wreaths and they are certainly a nice and increasingly popular addition to your Christmas decorations”, explains Mark Hillyard, general manager of the Brighton Road garden centre. “The team will be very busy fulfilling orders and keeping our three family-owned Sussex garden centres well stocked.”

The making of wreaths is an ancient and honoured art which symbolizes the strength of life overcoming the forces of winter. In ancient Rome, people used decorative wreaths as a sign of victory and celebration. At Christmas, the wreath is symbolic of Christian immortality.-- the circle and the sphere are symbols of immortality. The use of evergreens and wreaths as symbols of life was also an ancient custom of the Egyptians, Chinese, and Hebrews among other people.

Report and picture contributed by Trevor Butler.