Harrogate Flower Show Success for East Durham College

Sat, 19/02/2000 - 00:00

A team of students from East Durham College Floristry were thrilled to have the opportunity to attend and compete at this year’s annual Harrogate Flower Show, which was held on 23rd - 26th April 2009. It was the largest Show ever, with over 54,000 people visiting.

East Durham College were invited by the organisers of the Show to enter the Colleges’ Competition category, under the title ‘Lights, Camera, Action’. The College’s National Certificate Level 2, second year students, were really keen to create the display, particularly as this was the first year the College had been invited to enter.

Sue Lee, Floristry Lecturer, said, “The enthusiasm of the students was amazing. The display was planned and prepared during their Easter holidays, and then finished at the show ground before judging. The students were given £150 towards the cost of the stand by the event organisers North England Horticultural Society but also ran various fundraising activities to help contribute to the cost.”

The students decided to re-create a scene from Disney’s ‘Little Mermaid’. The resources for the display were sourced from: garden centres, home dressing up boxes, tool boxes and good old M&S. The students managed to create a stunning, bright, eye catching display.

The students were thrilled to win the Silver Award. The winning team was made up of Josie Anderson, Liz Ashworth, Ruth McCue, Gail Maddock, Pam Hemming, Ellie Tait, Angela Crampsie and Marie Watson.

Kay Harker, Programme Leader, added, “Thanks must also go to Dave Miller, Grounds Manager at Houghall, for supplying Phormium leaves for Ariel’s tail, Graham Short Machinery Assistant, for creating a stable leg/tail for the students to attach the chicken wire to and Chris Wheatley from Arboriculture for help dismantling the stand and returning all the equipment to the College. It was a real team effort!”

In addition, Land Based Operations Student, Rachel Davis, aged 17, received a third place prize for her competition entry for an arrangement in a re-cycled container. What made this all the more remarkable was that this was the first time she had ever entered a floristry competition and was competing against fully trained florists.


Sue Lee added, “To top that, Rachel only started floristry seven months ago... what a fantastic result.”

East Durham College offers a wide range of Land Based educational and training courses for students and businesses at their Houghall Campus, on the outskirts of Durham City. The College is passionate about this sector of education and is committed to continuing to be a leading provider of Land Based education in the North East with courses in; Agriculture, Animal Care, Arboriculture & Forestry, Environmental Management, Equestrianism, Floristry, Foundation Studies & Supported Learning, Horticulture and Amateur Gardening.