FLORISTRY students from Hucknall College have risen to an unusual challenge to come up with designs to grace Nottingham’s Wollaton Hall for its upcoming programme of Christmas events.
For the students were tasked with designing displays that didn’t have a single flower!
Instead they were asked to devise Tudor-themed arrangements for the iconic building by using fresh garden foliage and natural materials found within the grounds and surrounding parkland of the hall.
Some of their creations include animals made from moss, and they used a varierty of fruit and vegetables to give colour and texture to the designs.
Seventeen students from the college on Portland Road worked on the arrangements as part of their diploma in floristry courses.
Creations will feature in the walkways, the Great Hall and the kitchens.
Twenty-year-old Hollie White produced a life-sized deer out of moss with fellow student Leila Hall. Wollaton Park is well-known as the home of several herds of deer.
Hollie said: “It wasn’t until I started a Saturday job in a florist’s that I realised how much I enjoyed it. So I decided this was the career path I wanted to take.
“For me, floristry is a form of art, and working somewhere like Wollaton Hall really allows you to be creative and adventurous with your designs.
“Once I’ve completed my diploma at New College Nottingham (ncn), I plan to move to London where my dream would be to work as a florist designer.”
Ncn floristry lecturer Catherine Hampson said: “This is the ninth year our students have decorated Wollaton Hall for its Christmas celebrations.
“It’s always such a pleasure to transform the building and provides an excellent opportunity for our students to gain real work experience.