Stunning bee exhibit wins Capel Manor students prestigious award

By Priya Kingsley-Adam in Local People

A giant bee exhibit woven with intricate flowers won florist students a prestigious award at Capel Manor College.

They scooped a Silver-Gilt award in the future florist category at the annual Royal Horticultural Society Hampton Palace Court show, in Surrey, on Friday July 7.

The ‘super bee’ was designed by 18-year-old level 3 student Leaha Meale, from the Enfield college campus in Bullsmoor Lane.

The stunning exhibit was constructed with a mixture of flowers including sun flowers which sat on a bed of daisies.

The structure highlighted the importance of protecting the endangered insects against a number of factors including pesticides, global warming and air pollution.

The exhibit will be on display at the Enfield campus as well as Capel Manor’s Gunnersbury Park College, in Acton, West London.

Capel Manor’s alumni Bill Wilder who runs a garden design business in Sweden studied at the college 15 years ago and won a Gold award along with Best Conceptual Garden for ‘Elements of Life’.

The 46-year-old’s winning exhibit featured a pomegranate tree planted in soil which was suspended above a perspex box and will be planted in the gardens at Capel Manor.

“Helping to create an exhibition at the esteemed RHS Hampton Court Flower Show is yet another example of how our students are given boundless opportunities to develop their skills and have fun while studying,” said Malcolm Goodwin, vice principle at Capel Manor.

“We encourage our students to get involved from the initial idea phase to the creation of the exhibition as this real-world experience cannot be bettered as a preparation to work or higher study.

“We are proud of our students’ achievement and pride ourselves on offering all our students opportunities like this one.”

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