Posted on 20 December 2019
Our Merrist Wood Floristry students braved the cold to support Guildford Castle as they prepared to welcome visitors and showcase the traditions of Christmas past. On Sat 7 December, visitors were invited to follow King Edward III and Queen Philippa of Hainault as they processed up Guildford High Street to Guildford Castle to celebrate a traditional medieval Christmas!
Wreaths, balustrade and staircase displays were all designed and decorated in keeping with the medieval theme. Lianne Kelly, Level 3 Floristry student, said: "I've really enjoyed working on this. It's been amazing to have the opportunity to take on a proper brief from a client and come up with a concept and then deliver it. It was so interesting learning about the castle and doing the research about the period to make sure that what we were delivering would have been accurate for the time."
This project is part of a series of collaborations being undertaken by Activate Learning in partnership with Prestige Collaborations, and which seeks to develop stronger links between further education colleges and arts and heritage partners such as Guildford Castle. Projects are led by employer-set briefs and curriculum needs in the arts and creative sectors. The projects benefit students with access to organisations, opportunities and locations, and the partners benefit from access to a diversity of visitors or volunteers.
If you want to find out more about the Floristry courses we offer, visit our Subject Pages for more information.