Floristry student Vicky Abbott, Floristry lecturer Rebecca Hough and Floristry Student Allan Raby with scissors and flowers

East Durham College Nominated for Two British Floral Association Awards

East Durham College is thrilled to announce that due to an incredible year in our floristry department, we have been nominated for two awards in the British Floral Association (BFA) Industry Awards 2018.

The college, which offers floristry courses at the Houghall campus in Durham, has been nominated as floristry Training Provider of the Year.

Rebecca Hough, floristry lecturer at East Durham College, has also been nominated for Floristry Tutor of the Year.

The nominations come after the college is celebrating an already amazing year in the floristry department. Earlier this year, lecturer Rebecca Hough won the highly prestigious title of Chelsea Florist of the Year 2018 at the Chelsea Flower Show. The college’s students have also seen great success, with two students also competing for the Chelsea Florist title.

Students have attended competitions including NECTA and the Harrogate Show. At NECTA, students achieved three gold, three silver and three bronze medals, while an amazing display inspired by Mrs Browns’ Boys and created by a team of floristry students secured a silver medal at the Harrogate Show. 17 learners competed at Harrogate, with student Debbie also achieving second place in her category.

Sue Lee, Floristry Lecturer at East Durham College, said: “We are ecstatic to be nominated for the awards by the BFA. We really have had an amazing year in the floristry department – all our staff and students have worked very hard, and to receive not one, but two nominations from a prestigious floral institution like the BFA is the perfect end to the year.”

Members of the public are being invited to vote in the awards, which include several categories such as Retail Shop of the Year, Floristry Tutor of the Year, Training Provider of the Year and Florist of the Year. Those wishing to vote can do so by visiting the BFA’s survey website.

The winners of the awards will be announced at a special gala dinner held at FleurEx, the UK trade show for professional floristry on Saturday 28th October 2018.

For more information on East Durham College’s range of full-time and part-time floristry programmes, please visit the floristry section on the EDC website.