Herefordshire Farming News: Herefordshire Young Farmers fly the flag for floristry (From Hereford Times)
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Herefordshire Farming News: Herefordshire Young Farmers fly the flag for floristry
A RESPECTED figure in the world of professional floristry claims Young Farmers are flying the flag for competitions in floral arts after more than 100 members entered the Young Farmers national finals at the Malvern Autumn Show.
Lynda Owen, author of three books on flower arranging and an award-winning florist, judged the National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs Floral Arts competition with two other judges.
All three were 'blown away' by the standard of entries from Young Farmers at this year's show.
"We judge professional florists and some of this is equal to professional floristry," said Lynda. " Every year seems to get better and the juniors are absolutely fabulous. Young Farmers are fabulous and their work is inspiring".
The competition included three categories for different age ranges - in the 16-and-under category competitors were asked to create a table arrangement to the theme of Best of British Farming.
Anna Hunt from Woburn YFC, Bedfordshire, was the winner with her innovative design.
Florist Jacalyn Dobson, aged 23 and a member of Yarcombe YFC, was the winner of the 26-and-under category.
But for 20-year-old Fay Thomas of Eardisley YFC it was the eighth time she had made it to the national finals for Floral Arts.
This time competing in the 21-and-under category Fay was required to create a floor-standing exhibit reflecting the same theme of Best of British Farming.
Fay's exhibit, made from orange roses and large sunflowers, was positioned on top of a tall black frame that her dad had welded with a piece of driftwood in the centre.
"As it was a farming theme, I quite liked the orange arrangement and autumn colours. It is fantastic to finally win it after eight years of competing.
"My advice is to keep going and don't give up. Take on board what the judges tell you," said Fay.