Royal seal of approval for Rebecca’s blooms

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A YOUNG florist has proved she is a budding star in the horticultural world after scooping an award at a prestigious show.

Hartlepool and East Durham were well-represented at the RHS Chelsea Show as Rebecca Hough, 24, picked up a silver gilt award in the Young Florist of the Year section.

Rebecca with her award-winning design

Rebecca with her award-winning design

Rebecca, who works at A Secret Garden florists in Elwick Road, Hartlepool, said: “I’m absolutely over the moon.

“I just wanted to get a medal, I wasn’t bothered what colour it was. You put so many weeks and so much money and effort into producing this one piece and you obviously just want something to show for it.

“When I saw the judges putting the medal on my stand it was just brilliant.”

Rebecca lives with parents Patricia and dad Edward, as well as brother Christopher, 22, and 18-year-old sister Jessica, in Pennine Drive, Peterlee.

Her design was a 34-inch piece based on a theme of the “eternal circle”, to celebrate the centenary of the event and it was one of 16 entries in the category. The former student of St Bede’s School and Byron Sixth Form College, in Peterlee, East Durham College’s Houghall campus and Askham Bryan College in York incorporated industrial structures and metalwork, inspired by the metalwork in the garden at Chelsea.

She used vanda orchids, calla lilies, ornithogalum, stallion and Spanish moss within her design.

Rebecca thanked cousins Nichola and Chris Ellis and Spanish Oasis floral products for their support.