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WorldSkills London celebrates early at Chelsea

The WorldSkills London team were celebrating an early victory this week after being awarded a Silver gilt medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Judges praised the group, which will represent the UK during October’s international skills competition, for its innovative ‘hands on’ educational exhibit at the esteemed horticultural event.

Its ‘Showcasing Skills that Shape our World’ exhibit aimed to show visitors how plants, combined with human ingenuity, could create jobs and wealth across the globe.

Those visiting the stand were encouraged to create their own ‘green’ products, ranging from mood enhancing floral buttonholes to glamorous floral hair dos.

Also celebrating early victories at the event were WorldSkills competitors Joe Massie and Jessica Andrews, who won Young Florist of the Year and Bronze, respectively.

“The winning exhibits combined the magic of beauty and the power of learning,” said Skills Minister John Hayes.

“I congratulate everyone involved for a splendid result at Chelsea, and look forward to celebrating even more success when the WorldSkills UK team competes in London this autumn.”

Chris Humphries, chairman of WorldSkills London 2011, commented: “We are thrilled to have been recognised with a medal; the competition was incredibly stiff so this is a huge achievement for our whole team.

“In the lead-up to WorldSkills London 2011 this October, we are creating one million opportunities for the UK to Have a Go at a new skill. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which has long been associated with the highest level of horticultural education, is the perfect forum to showcase skills that focus on people and plants, and I hope that the visitors who joined us found the experience enlightening.”

This year’s WorldSkills event is being held on 5-8 October at London’s ExCel centre.

Jason Rainbow

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