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Reaseheath florists to compete on world stage

Budding florists from Reaseheath College are preparing to compete in a student competition at the prestigious Interflora World Cup in Manchester in September.

A team of three, who are studying for their Level 4 Higher Diploma in Floristry, will showcase their skills at the Manchester Central Exhibition Complex on Saturday 9th September in a bid to be crowned Interflora’s Student Team of the Year.

The Reaseheath florists, Shiona Foss, Felicity Toogood and Helen Allison, will compete against teams from four other colleges. They’ll have just 50 minutes to create a huge worker bee – the symbol of Manchester – in flowers and foliage. The task is designed to test skills and push boundaries and to encourage creativity and innovation.

Course Manager Fiona Davies said: “We are delighted to have the chance to show off the skills of our brilliant students at such a prestigious competition. We’re sure that our team will prove to be fantastic ambassadors, both for Reaseheath and for the floristry industry as a whole.”

Felicity Toogood, who is opening her own floristry shop – Nature’s Gallery – in Culcheth next month said: “The team are very much looking forward to competing, and to networking with floristry professionals who have travelled world-wide to take part. It is a great privilege to represent Reaseheath College on such an international stage.”

The Student Team Competition takes place on day three of the Interflora World Cup, which is being held in the UK for the first time since its inception in 1972. The event offers a chance for elite florists from around the globe to showcase their incredible talent. For the first time, Interflora has also created a showstopping experience for visitors, including the general public, who can expect artisan stalls with food, drink and shopping as well as workshops and entertainment.

2023 also marks Interflora’s 100th birthday and the event will form part of their centenary celebrations.

For further information and tickets see https://www.interflora.co.uk/world-cup

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