1. ITV Report

London florist next to a park sells sticks for £18

A florist situated next to a park has come under fire for selling sticks for £18.

Botanique in Stoke Newington, east London, has around eight pieces of wood around a foot long for customers to hang on their walls.

The decorations range from £12 to £18 with various shapes and sizes and some including notches to hang clothes from.

Most are made from birch or holly and are planed and sanded at the back with holes drilled through so they can be attached to a wall.

Shopkeeper and owner, Alice Howard, said the wall hangings were worth the price tag as they needed to be sourced and hand-crafted.

They are made by a friend of my mum in Devon, he doesn't sell them to me very cheaply.

I think they take about 20 minutes to make. He has to source the wood because not all branches have the right notches.

Then he has to sand them off and plane the back to give them a nice finish, then add the holes, so that's what makes it a product so to speak and not just a stick.

– Alice Howard

Further along the street is Clissold Park with its large open spaces and trees.

Alice's first shop opened five years ago in Clerkenwell, where the sticks were first on sale, with the new store in Stoke Newington opening in the last couple of months.

That's pretty steep for a stick, I'm sure I could find one on the floor myself and drill a hole in it and save myself nearly £20.

Maybe I should start selling them myself.

– John Hawkes, local resident

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