A Northamptonshire student has fought off stiff opposition to win third prize in a national floristry design competition.
Eighteen year old Demilee Bocking, who lives in Holcot, entered the open class at FleurEx, the British Florist Association’s annual UK trade show for professional florists at Birmingham’s NEC this autumn, pitting her skills against seasoned competitors to win third place for her funeral tribute, a biodegradable design featuring bulbs.
Demilee, who is studying for a Level 3 Diploma in Floristry at Moulton College in Northamptonshire, was tearfully overjoyed by her win. “I can’t believe it,” she laughed. “It’s the first time I’ve won anything, and to win this… I’m completely overwhelmed.”
Demilee’s tutor, Chloe Lawless, said: “This was an open event with lots of entrants, many far more experienced than Demilee, but her design skill and creative talent shone out. She thoroughly deserves this.”
Moulton is one of few UK colleges to offer floristry diplomas, standing out from other providers for its land – 500 hectares of prime countryside – and its horticultural strength.
“Our students can use home-grown materials in many of their designs,” added Lawless. “It gives them a real edge and is something they wouldn’t find elsewhere.”
For more information about floristry diplomas at Moulton College go to http://www.moulton.ac.uk/our-courses/further-education/floristry.