Floristry degree students at Writtle College made a beautiful woodland scene in the heart of Chelmsford Cathedral as part of its five-yearly Flower Festival.
Julia Ryde, Senior Lecturer and HE Floristry Course Manager, and Linda O’Sullivan, HE Floristry Lecturer, worked with students from all three years of the degree to create the exhibit.
This year’s Flower Festival, entitled Seeds of Change, commemorated 100 years of Chelmsford Cathedral and the Diocese of Chelmsford. The festival aimed to highlight the changes in our society from decade to decade, as well as focus on important local events.
Writtle College’s exhibit was themed around 'Environmental Consciousness' and the team – including students Mandy Hearn, from Weeley near Clacton-on-Sea, Mai Kitahara, from Japan, and Eunah Cho, from Korea - had to interpret this.
Julia said: “We used typical UK flowers, such as sunflowers and nigella with scabious and lavender as well as grasses in a very naturalistic and vegetative style, growing them through old pallets, from a wooden crate and spilling out of a discarded picnic basket. We incorporated logs and bark chippings and made trees out of bark and contorted willow.
“We looked at upcycling as many items as possible and utilised the vintage trend of posies in jam jars to create a fun and very flowery border. We even managed to include an insect house!
“We were really pleased with how the exhibit looked and it was a great showcase of work from our degree students. Being a land-based College, it was a great theme for us to explore and we had fun sourcing materials from the College’s 220-hectare estate.
“It was also really interesting to see the 30-plus exhibits by local flower arranging groups all depicting different themes – a truly great event to be involved in.”
• To find out more about the Floristry degree at Writtle College, please visit www.writtle.ac.uk