GREEN-fingered students from Wigan and Leigh College scooped silver medal success at an annual flower show in Harrogate.

The students, who studying for their level 3 extended diploma in floristry, impressed with their carnival-themed display as they scored higher than seven other colleges from across the country.

Their colourful Rio de Janeiro-inspired competition entry was an arrangement of strelitzias, orchids and mango calla lilies from more than 20 talented pupils.

Vicky Madden, head of floristry and horticulture at the college, said: “We are once again delighted to have taken part in the annual flower show and overwhelmed in scooping silver.

“We have participated in the event for the past six years and it provided our students with an insight into the calibre and standard of industry professionals.”

Principal Anna Dawe said: “It’s wonderful to see our students performing so well when pitching their skills against the industry standard.

“Once again they have shown just how strong their skills are and this will equip them well for a successful future in their chosen career.

“We are very proud of their success.”

The event, which is organised by the North of England Horticulture Society, attracts more than 50,000 visitors and 1,000 exhibitors every year.

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