Students and staff picked for national floristry event

East Durham lecturer Kay Harker  giving a demonstration at the 2014 Skills Show.
East Durham lecturer Kay Harker giving a demonstration at the 2014 Skills Show.
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Students and staff are blooming with pride after being picked for a national floristry event.

East Durham College’s floristry teaching staff and students were chosen, ahead of a host of other education establishments from around the country, to showcase the high quality of floristry education available in the UK.

For the second year running, staff and students from the college’s Houghall Campus, in Durham, will take to the stage at Birmingham’s NEC as part of a three day event: The Skills Show.

Running from November 19 to 21, the show attracts more than 80,000 visitors annually.

It also provides hands-on experiences that inspire young people to explore careers and motivates them to find more about the world of work.

The Skills Show is the nation’s largest event of its type.

Many different subject areas are on show from floristry and gaming to forensic science and engineering.

Staff at Houghall had to apply for the chance to take part in the event, which will see them perform demonstrations to members of the public and also working with visitors to provide hands-on tasks, giving visitors the chance to test out their floristry skills.

Floristry lecturer Sue Lee, who took part in last year’s event with another member of staff and three students, hailed their involvement in the event again this year as a great honour.

Sue said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to travel once again to Birmingham to take part in The Skills Show.

“Last year was a brilliant experience for us and the students to go and show off our skills and work with the members of the public from all across the country to showcase floristry education and as a career. It’s a great honour to be going back to the show, not only to show off the hard work we do at Houghall, but to be ambassadors for organisation who run floristry courses throughout the whole of the country.”

For more information on courses in floristry at the college’s Houghall Campus visit or contact our student services team on 0191 375 4710.

Theo Paphitis, star of television’s Dragon’s Den, and one of the country’s most high-profile businessmen, is a patron of The Skills Show.

Anyone interested in attending the free event should visit to book a place.