They’ve only bloomin’ won the gold medal at the World Cup - The Evesham Observer

They’ve only bloomin’ won the gold medal at the World Cup

Evesham Editorial 23rd Sep, 2023   0

BUDDING Evesham florists were among a college team to win the inaugural student competition at a prestigious international floristry event.

Five students from WCG’s Moreton Morrell College struck gold as they claimed the top spot in the first ever Student Team Competition at the Interflora World Cup, held in Manchester.

The competition saw the college’s team of Level 5 students compete against four teams to create the best sculpture based on this year’s World Cup theme of the Manchester Worker Bee.

Their first-place floral design featured a yellow, purple and cream colour scheme made of an array of bee-friendly flowers including orchids, chrysanthemums and lavender that incorporated a honeycomb pattern into the layering.

The winning team consisted of Hannah Beckley and Alexandra Bolton from Evesham; Jane Horton, from Stoke Lacey, Sarah Williams, from Wellingborough; and Heather Marshall, from Kenilworth.

Their design focused on using sustainable sourced flowers, with the team having only 50 minutes during the competition to cover their structure with more than 75 per cent of plant material.

The team were commended for both their creativity and use of sustainable materials, with the sculpture’s base being built using an unused piece of chicken wire frame found at Moreton Morrell College, whilst the leaves, branches and organic material were also sourced from the college grounds.

Although this year is the first time the Student Team competition has been held as part of the Interflora World Cup, Moreton Morrell College has a bright history in the Interflora World Cup, with former lecturer Laura Leong competing in the 2019 edition.

Twenty Level 2 and 3 floristry students from the college also immersed themselves in the event, working across the three days to create floral twisted metal columns and branches as centre pieces for the closing night’s gala dinner.

Jane Horton, a member of the winning team said: “The World Cup was an incredible experience and to win the student competition was amazing.

“We worked really hard as a team to prepare for the competition and are delighted to have come away with the win.

“It was great to be involved in the event. Alongside the competition I was able to help out with the floral decorating and attend workshops and demonstrations from world-class florists which have really enhanced my skills and given further inspiration for my career plans in the industry.”

Jane Benefield, herself a former Interflora Florist of the Year, has led the floristry department for more than 10 years, and says the students’ competition success is a testament to the college’s teaching practices and excellent standing in the industry.

She said: “This year’s Interflora World Cup has been a great success for the college and I would like to congratulate to our students for their excellent win in the team competition.

“They created a very professional and imaginative sculpture and showcased the high quality of floristry students we develop at the college.


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