Level 2 florists have been preparing for our imminent centenary birthday by creating displays showing how floristry skills have evolved over the past 100 years.

The students researched techniques and materials used over the past century to illustrate how their industry has progressed – and how some current trends have come full circle.

Two displays, which were created for a module assessment, were on show in the shared central area at Centre for Horticulture Environment and Sustainable Technologies (CHEST) and were much admired by passing students and staff.

Daisy Annondale, Weronika Barszczewska, Mia Robinson-Moss, Kayleigh Earlam and Jess Williamson incorporated traditional and very on-trend design to create a ‘Then and Now’ picture for 100 years of Reaseheath College.

They merged accessories including milk churns, rustic logs, feathers and moss to represent the four departments within our Academy of Land and Environment (floristry, horticulture, agriculture and countryside) and incorporated a contemporary wedding theme to show how fashion has changed – and returned – over the century.

The students used a laboratory bottle and vase with modern floral designs to represent our modern facilities, while gold accessories illustrated top quality. They also introduced paper flowers to reference our support for sustainable materials.

Daisy said: “We enjoyed sourcing and coming up with unique ideas which represented both Reaseheath and trends from the past century. The project was a challenge but we worked together to show the different skills we have gained from our course and from our work placements.”

Leah Jones, Stevie Badrock and Abbie Woods chose a natural rustic feel for Celebrating Reaseheath100, as floristry students select much of their foliage from the wide range of trees and shrubs in our grounds.

Using the foliage as a green background, they demonstrated all the skills they have learned to create contrasting designs with flowers and accessories in our corporate colours of blue and gold.

Leah added: “This has been really good preparation for the special displays we’ll be creating in the next academic year for Reaseheath’s big birthday!”

Course Manager Helen Longshaw said: “I was very proud of the quality of the students’ work and the imaginative way they have portrayed Reaseheath’s approaching centenary. They are already showing off professional skills which they will build on next year as Level 3 Diploma students.”

To find out more about Reaseheath’s 100th anniversary, please visit www.reaseheath100.com