Sheffield College apprentices create floral displays fit for The Queen

Sheffield College floristry apprentices and tutors with one of the floral displays they made for Her Majesty The Queen's visit to Sheffield Town Hall
Sheffield College floristry apprentices and tutors with one of the floral displays they made for Her Majesty The Queen's visit to Sheffield Town Hall
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Sheffield College apprentices made the floral displays for Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh’s visit to Sheffield.

The six apprentices – who also enjoyed the chance to meet The Queen and Prince Philip - designed and created table designs and window garlands for the lunch reception at Sheffield Town Hall.

The lunch was hosted by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield and Chief Executive of Sheffield Council, and followed the Royal Maundy Service at Sheffield Cathedral.

Their assignment formed part of the apprentices’ practical units for their qualification and portfolios. Other displays made by the apprentices were also placed in the Mayor’s Parlour, and on the main staircase and pedestals in Sheffield Town Hall.

Seasonal spring colours, including yellow, orange, green and cream, inspired the designs.

Heather Smith, principal at The Sheffield College, said: “Our apprenticeship students consistently amaze me with the quality of their work. It is a great honour that this group have been given – responsibility to prepare flowers for The Queen and Prince Philip’s visit.”

Joanne Biddle, Floristry Tutor, who is an English Master Florist, said: “The apprentices were so excited about designing and creating the floral displays for the royal visit.

“The fact they were also introduced to The Queen and Prince Philip, during this historical event for the city, was the icing on the cake.”

Apprentice Lauren Rushworth, aged 18, started a floristry apprenticeship this academic year after completing a horticulture course at the college.

She said: “Lots of people have met The Queen but not so many people can say they have made floral displays for her.

“It’s been an amazing experience. I love floristry because you get the chance to create something beautiful, with nature, that has an emotional impact on the person who receives the gift.”