Gardner On Track To Become A Florist

Mon, 2000-12-18 00:00

Student William Gardner is on his way to qualifying as a florist and recently picked up an award for his hard work and dedication on his course.

William, aged 22 from Richmond, was one of ten students from East Durham College who’s exceptional hard work and efforts was recognised at a recent Student of the Month awards ceremony.

The student who is studying on a Level 1 Landbased Studies in Floristry course at the College’s Houghall Campus in Durham was praised by his lecturer Sue Lee.

“William’s confidence levels have really increased since he started the course. The person who arrived for interview back in August is a different person to the one we see before us today, the distance travelled is immense,” she said.

William has also been gaining work experience at Elvet Flower & Gift Shop in Durham City. Owners Joan and Chris Brown explained: “William has been helping us over the last year and has been a great help at busy times such as Valentine’s Day. He is very helpful and enthusiastic. He’s a credit to the College.”

William has recently passed an exam with a Distinction and also had the confidence to enter an individual competition at Harrogate Spring Flower Show last month.

William, who recently married Lizzie who also attended the awards ceremony, is looking forward to progressing on to the Level 2 course and one day hopes to open his own floristry business.

If you would like to find out more about the range of full time, part time and evening floristry courses at the College please call 0191 375 4710