Hats off to Biggleswade florist

Hat made of flowers wins silver gilt at Chelsea

Hats off to a Biggleswade florist who won a prestigious silver gilt medal at the Chelsea Flower Show for her stunning hat - made entirely of flowers.

Clare Allen, who has owned Skipps Florist on Biggleswade High Street for the past six years, came second in the Royal Horticultural Society Florist of the Year competition after creating a hat made of flowers, berries, leaves and grasses.

She beat of competition from 400 florists from across teh country to win one of just 16 places in the finals, but says her success has yet to sink in.

Clare said: "When I got to the show and saw all the other hats, I didn't think I stood a chance of winning a medal – they were all beautiful and everyone had worked really hard. I couldn't believe it when I found out I'd got silver gilt – it still hasn't really sunk in yet."

Clare, who lives in Wyboston, has worked in floristry for more than 30 years - working in various florists as well as being an instructor at Shuttleworth College and a demonstrator for the National Association of Flower Arrangers.

For the full story see the May 29 edition of the Biggleswade Chronicle.