02:50AM, Monday 12 May 2014
Now in her final year of the level three floristry diploma at Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA) in Hall Place, Hannah Cheeseman hopes to win a medal for her floral design.
This year the judges have given competitors, who are aged between 16 to 25, the theme of a fantasy dress that could be worn at a crystal ball.
Despite concerns that she would find the competition demanding, 18-year-old Hannah has not shied away from the challenge.
"At first I was worried about my designs being criticised because I’m quite a perfectionist," she said.
"But my tutor Suzanne has been really supportive and I think it will be a lot of fun."
Hannah, of Farm Close, has been creating a full-length 50s-style dress made out of wires which she will start to decorate with flowers two days before the event on Sunday, May 18.
She was selected for the competition from a regional heat after one of the original finalists dropped out.
In the heat she had to create a floral collar to be worn at a Woodland Trust dinner dance.
"I really enjoy coming up with my own designs, making stuff from scratch and generally being creative."
The fashion-enthusiast became interested in flower arrangements while she was volunteering in the Fleur de Lis florist in King Street as part of her Duke of Edinburgh award.
"My family really enjoy that I study floristry because I get to take my flowers home so they have flowers all around the house."
The BCA student is also taking part in the floristry section of the World Skills competition in November this year and hopes to carry on pursuing her interests in both floristry and fashion in the future.
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