Harrogate Flower Show 2011 Triumph

Wed, 2000-11-29 00:00

A team of floristry students have returned triumphant after scooping a Silver at the prestigious Harrogate Spring Flower Show.

The team from East Durham College’s Houghall Campus took part in the ‘College Exhibition Stand Competition’ at the annual show, which is organised by the North of England Horticultural Society and was held on 14th – 17th April.

The 6 part time students, all enrolled on a Level 2 NPTC Floristry course. The winning team were Margaret Burridge, Pam Edwards, Lisa Bainbridge, Alison Farrelly, Jane Maher and Sarah Clark.

This was only the third time the College had been invited to compete in the competition, following the Gold medal won at last year’s show.

Colleges taking part this year were asked to represent one of the many charities supported by ‘The Prince of Wales Charities’ and stage an exhibit to represent the aims of that particular charity.

East Durham College chose to represent The Prince’s Trust Team Programme, which is run at the College as a 12 week course.

This course provides personal development programmes which encourage groups of young people to make a positive impact on themselves and their communities through activities such as Team Building and Community Projects.

Floristry Lecturer Sue Lee is absolutely delighted with the team’s effort and success.

“I am delighted with the result, the learners worked so hard before the competition creating a spectacular display incorporating many different floristry techniques. Team work played a key role in the planning and delegation of tasks which resulted in an eye catching design and well deserved silver medal.

“This I hope will be high up on the students memories of there time at Houghall and one experience they will look back on and be very proud of,” said Sue Lee.

2011 is an important year for the North of England Horticulture Society. The charity set up in 1911 is celebrating its 100th birthday. Unfortunately Prince Charles couldn’t make it; apparently Camilla had him running errands for the Royal Wedding.