Florist with Sunflowers and RHS Chelsea Flower Show Logo

East Durham College to Host North East Heats for the Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Thu, 04/01/2018 - 08:51

East Durham College is thrilled to announce that the British Florist Association (BFA) will be bringing the Chelsea Flower Show Heats and Florist Inspiration Tour to the North East on Sunday 28th January 2018.

The heats give those passionate about floristry the opportunity to enter the world-famous Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show. In recent years, those from the North East would have to travel hundreds of miles to enter the competition; with the new heats at East Durham College, the competition will be open to more people from the North East than ever before.

Suzanne Duncan, Principal of East Durham College, said: “We are extremely pleased that the British Florist Association has chosen EDC as the venue for these important heats.

“Our college is home to an extremely passionate floristry team and students; we hope this event will inspire even more people to consider floristry as a career in the future by seeing some of the incredible work of talented florists from across the North East.”

The event is open to florists from across the North East and beyond. There are two main competitions which will have heats at East Durham College: the RHS Young Chelsea Florist of the Year (for aged 16-25) and the RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year (for ages 26 and over).

Those entering the competition must prepare a ready-made wedding stole, designed to be worn by a bride at a wedding in a Scottish Castle. Judges will be looking for high levels of technique and skill, as well as looking for other criteria for the contest which is outlined on the BFA’s website.

For young florists, or those who don’t feel like they’re quite ready yet for the pressure of the Chelsea Heat, there will also be a Newcomer Competition. This gives florists a chance to compete and receive feedback from the judges for an arrangement of your choice that fits the brief. Entry into the Newcomer competition is free of charge.

The heats will also be open to the public for the BFA Inspiration Day. Attendees will get the chance to sit and enjoy some inspirational floral demonstrations by one of the country’s top designers, see all of the competition work, meet the judges, enjoy a light lunch and mingle with other like-minded friends from across the UK.

Those interested in registering for the competition should visit the BFA website for more information. Tickets for the Inspiration Day can be purchased from the Ticket Source website.

Entry into the Chelsea Flower Show Heats costs £50+VAT + Booking Fee for BFA/IOPF members, and £100+VAT+Booking Fee for non-members.

The competitions and Inspiration Day will take place on Sun 28th January 2018 from 10:45 to 3PM.