May 2010

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

Thursday 29 April saw the culmination of the first floristry degree at Writtle with a showcase of BA (Hons) Professional Floristry student work, followed by a demonstration by Dutch Master Florist Hans Haverkamp.

Just under 200 visitors viewed the student work and commented on the ‘innovative ideas’ ‘bright colours’ and ‘high standard of work’ exclaiming that the student work was ‘young and forward thinking’ ‘inspiring and well worth seeing’.

Visitors also enjoyed seeing the stunning designs created by Hans Haverkamp and were inspired by his choice of flower materials and inspirational design. It was a fabulous opportunity for visitors to see a high profile floral designer and pick up some of his floristry tips and techniques.

Course tutors Jayne Hammond and Julia Ryde agreed that the whole event had been a great success and that the students had really worked hard under pressure, having produced a high standard of innovative work under exam conditions. Martin Stimson, Head of the School of Horticulture, added: “We are extremely proud of the students’ achievements and it is great for the College to have our first cohort of floristry degree students about to graduate.”

Graduation ceremonies take place at Chelmsford Cathedral in September 2010.

Pictured – The first floristry degree students at Writtle College (from l to r); Back row - Sarah Disney, Kim White, Nicole Breslin, Jane Buckenham; Front row - Yun Mi Lee, Chloe Harber, Robyn Rayner, Jo Alliston.