Thursday 9th September was an exciting day for the Higher Education (HE) florists at Writtle College. The first cohort of BA (Hons) Professional Floristry students graduated at Chelmsford Cathedral. Alan Titchmarsh (Patron of the College) presented the degree certificates and commended all the students on their achievements.
The degree, awarded by the University of Essex, is the culmination of three years hard work with the students demonstrating a high level of practical floristry skills backed with a strong academic component including a 10,000 word dissertation. Robyn Rayner (pictured) said: ‘I was a bit nervous meeting Alan Titchmarsh but it was a fabulous way to complete our time at Writtle!’ TV Garden presenter Christine Walkden was also present receiving an honorary doctorate for her services to the horticultural industry.
Some of the graduates had decorated the cathedral for their special day, whilst several second year Foundation Degree students were on their way to a large event that same evening, organised by Prima Magazine.
Writtle’s HE students were delighted to be invited by the magazine to provide the flower jewellery for the Comfort Zone at the Comfort Prima High Street Fashion Awards held in London. This event attracts over 900 guests each year raising money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Commented course manager Jayne Hammond: ‘This was an extremely busy yet very rewarding day! We are all so proud of our first BA (Hons) graduates, but we had to leave them to enjoy their celebrations as we made a rush to London to be ready for the Comfort Prima Fashion Awards. To be involved in such a prestigious event with Prima was a fantastic opportunity for the students and despite the busy schedule of the day we couldn’t refuse. What a great way to start a new academic year!’
During their summer holidays Floristry students came back to College to create 600 pieces of wire-work jewellery in preparation for the award ceremony. Real flowers were then attached to the jewellery during the evening event to create pieces of real ‘flower jewellery’. All 600 pieces were willingly snapped up by celebrities and guests of the award ceremony, and once again Writtle’s floristry students received a tremendous accolade for their efforts.
Numbers for the Floristry Degree and Foundation degree courses are healthy and the HE Professional Floristry team are certainly looking forward to an exciting year ahead. For more details about these courses please contact Jayne.Hammond@writtle.ac.uk
1 - Graduation ceremony (L-R)Joanne Alliston, Nicole Breslin, Kim White, Jayne Hammond – Floristry Course Scheme Manager, Yvonne Strutt, Robyn Raynor, Jane Buckenham, Yun Mi Lee
2- The floral jewellery at the Comfort Prima Fashion Awards