Mourners leaving tributes to the Queen have been asked to leave only unwrapped flowers as park officials try to tackle the creative ways people are paying their respects.
Royal Parks, which runs London’s designated tribute site in Green Park, is urging well-wishers not to leave teddy bears, balloons or lit candles.
“In the interest of sustainability, we ask that visitors only place organic or compostable material,” the charity said on its website.
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It comes as video posted on social media captured civic-minded people voluntarily removing plastic packaging from flowers left by others.
Removing the plastic packaging makes the flowers last longer and compost more easily, the Royal Parks said.
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Since the monarch’s death was announced on Thursday, thousands of well-wishers have traveled to Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Balmoral to pay their respects.
They’ve left treats like teddy bears, Corgi soft toys, balloons and jam sandwiches, in a nod to Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Sketch of Paddington Bear.
The manager of a souvenir shop near Buckingham Palace said the number of customers buying memorabilia doubled overnight after the Queen’s death.
Cool Britannia manager Ismial Ibrahim described suppliers working overtime and many people coming through the store every day.
The 27-year-old said: “Since that night, we’ve had a huge flow of people. The footfall has gone up really high and since then people have started asking about anything to do with the Queen.”
The Royal Parks said the cards and tags are allowed and will later be “separated from the flowers and stored”.
“Unfortunately, gifts and art will not be accepted and the public is asked not to bring them into the parks,” he added.
“You must not bring non-floral items/artifacts such as teddy bears or balloons.”
They added that lit candles are not allowed in the park and will be extinguished.
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Tributes will remain at the site until all ceremonial activities have been completed and it is expected that flowers will be removed from the park grounds seven to 14 days after the date of the funeral.
Withered flowers will be removed and taken to the Hyde Park nursery to be processed for composting.