A FLORIST situated just half a mile from a public park has come under fire for selling sticks as WALL HANGINGS for as much as £18.
Botanique in trendy Stoke Newington, east London, has around eight pieces of wood around a foot long for customers to hang on their walls.
The “wall hangings” range from £12 to £18 with various shapes and sizes, with 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 attacked to a wall.
BBC presenter Jeremy Vine brought the sticks to the attention of social media when he tweeted pictures to his 600,000 followers.
Shop keeper and owner, Alice Howard, said the wall hangings were worth the price tag as they needed to be sourced and hand crafted.
She even had some of them hanging on her wall at home.
The 29-year-old said: “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.”
Less than half a mile down Church Street where Botanique sits is Clissold Park, which has large open spaces and trees.
There are 10 public green spaces within two miles of the shop.
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.
A customer at the shop also thought the wall hangings were a waste of money.
Local John Hawkes, 49, said: “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.”
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