Bishop Burton students compete at Floristry World Cup

A team of budding florists from Bishop Burton College are preparing to compete in a student competition at the prestigious Interflora World Cup in Manchester in September.

Led by Julie Bailey, the team of three floristry students will showcase their skills at the Manchester Central Exhibition Complex on Saturday 9 September in a bid to be crowned Interflora’s Student Team of the Year.

The Bishop Burton florists – Kirby Fenwick, Mandi Cooper and Toni Beautyman – will compete against teams from four other colleges. They’ll have just 50 minutes to create a huge worker bee – the symbol of Manchester – in flowers and foliage. Truly a task designed to test skill, push boundaries, and encourage creativity and innovation to bloom.

The Student Team Competition takes place on day three of the Interflora World Cup event, being held in the UK for the first time since its inception in 1972. It’s a chance for elite florists from around the globe to showcase their incredible talent and with the eyes of the floral world on Manchester in September 2023, its hoped that the Student Team Competition will truly inspire our next generation of florists.

For the first time, Interflora has chosen to expand the event to create a showstopping experience for visitors, including the general public, who can expect artisan stalls with food, drink and shopping, as well as workshops and entertainment.

Tickets for the World Cup event, including the Student Team Competition on Saturday 9 September, are available here.