Highbury College students worked together to create a showstopping entrance for Mottisfont Abbey, near Romsey.

Floristry students have designed and created an array of festive displays in support of the National Trust-run historical property.

Alongside the floristry displays, Highbury Creative Media students were also on hand to capture the creative process, producing a ‘behind the scenes’ video for use on social media (see below).

Level 2 Diploma in Floristry student Karen Taylor said: “It was an amazing experience and it was great to be part of this and get out of the College and be part of a team. Working at Mottisfont was really beneficial to our course because we got to work with the Level 3 students as a team, work with the National Trust team and learn about the abbey. Also, knowing our work will be seen by 80,000 visitors, as a Level 2 student, that’s pretty amazing.”

The exhibition was completed in time for The Night Before Christmas at Mottisfont, which launched on Monday 4th November and runs until Sunday 6th January.

The project is being run with the National Trust and Prestige Colleges.

Floristry tutor Emma Dunaway said: “Our students worked really hard to create an innovative and beautiful display in time for Mottisfont’s Christmas launch. Despite the very cold weather, our students enjoyed working together to help showcase the amazing work the National Trust does, and in particular, support Mottisfont in looking its best for the 80,000 visitors it anticipates this festive season. We very much look forward to furthering this partnership in the future!”

The partnership is set to strengthen in the future with art and design working on the ‘Hidden Mottisfont’ project, while others will study the historical priory’s wallpaper and use digital art to produce up-to-date ideas and designs.

Fashion students will also have the chance to look at textile designs from Maud Russell, who gifted Mottisfont Abbey to the National Trust, and use them for inspiration in their own projects.

Visitor Experience Manager of Mottisfont Helen Potts said: “On behalf of all the staff, volunteers and visitors who have had the privilege to meet the floristry team and see the end result, we are astonished at how beautiful the front facade of the house looks. The house is the first thing you see when you enter the property and all you can hear are gasps of 'wow!' This is indeed a special partnership and we look forward to welcoming the floristry team back over Christmas to share their hard work with family and friends.  We also look forward to working with the college on future opportunities.”

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  • Date 26/11/2018