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A student from Bath College will compete for the title of Young Florist of the Year at one of the world’s most famous flower shows.

Level 3 floristry student Emily Smith is due to head to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with a team of students from the college on May 22.

She will be competing against 16 rivals for Young Florist of the Year and will also be there to see Bath College compete for College of the Year.

Miss Smith, from Heddington, Wiltshire won her place in the Young Florist of the Year final after taking part in the Chelsea Flower Show South West regional heat.

Judges for the competition, held at Bath College, awarded her 90 points out of 100 for her bouquet decorated with seashells, inspired by a seaside wedding.

The 17-year-old, who works at Devizes florists Ammi, has been asked to design a floral headdress with a Brazilian carnival theme for the final.

She said: “I’ve always been really competitive. I’ve started practicing all the wiring work and all the details. I’m excited to see what everyone does and all the different designs.

“I’ve never actually been to Chelsea and now I’m in it. Everyone at work is really excited, they all have tickets to come and see it. They love following the competition.”

Bath College floristry tutor Jo Matthews said: “I am very pleased for Emily and wish her every success. As a college we support all our students to reach their full potential and are very lucky to have great resources to enable us to do this.”

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