Floristry blooming at Bicton College with national award nominations

PUBLISHED: 18:00 08 September 2018

Bicton College is celebrating national recognition in floristry. Picture: Steve Tanner

Bicton College is celebrating national recognition in floristry. Picture: Steve Tanner

Steve Tanner 2016

A college in East Devon is celebrating national recognition for its floristry courses after being nominated for two awards in the discipline – and a public vote will determine the outcome.

Bicton College has been nominated for two 2018 British Floristry Awards, to the ‘delight’ of both staff and students.

The awards, now in their 7th year, celebrate the very best of the UK’s floristry sector and Bicton has been shortlisted in the category of Floristry Training Provider of the Year.

The award is given for excellent delivery of City & Guilds, NCFE and Apprenticeships qualifications, recognised by the industry.

In addition, Bicton’s Denise Cross has been nominated for Floristry Tutor of the Year and the shop she runs, County Flowers, in Taunton, is up for Retail Shop of the Year.

Carol Cuthbert, team lead for floristry and horticulture at Bicton, said: “Everyone is delighted to be nominated in two categories, recognising the outstanding commitment of the team.

“It is excellent recognition of the outstanding work and achievements of the whole team, and of course Denise,”

The awards will be announced and presented to individuals and companies at an awards and gala dinner following a public vote.

This will be held on October 28, at FleurEx – the UK Trade Show for Professional Florists.

The British Florist Association is the official voice of the UK floristry industry and the only trade organisation in the industry to be formally recognised as such.

Bicton College runs floristry design courses and workshops at further and higher education level, with a range of full and part-time options available including Apprenticeships.

As a further accolade, the College has been chosen to host the South West heats of the famous RHS Chelsea Competition and Newcomer of the Year competition, on September 16.

Known for its provision of land-based teaching, Bicton College offers students a range of courses in the arts, agriculture, science, engineering, horticulture, floristry and more.

More information on its range of floristry courses can be found on the Bicton College website.

To vote for the College, Denise Cross, or her shop, visit:

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