We would like to introduce you to our newest member of the Yew Tree Farm family, Claire Hammond of Flowers on the Green. Claire had a Saturday job in a florists when she was a schoolgirl, but didn’t pursue floristry as a career, instead she attended Leeds Metropolitan University and studied public relations and worked for the National Grid as part of her degree. It wasn’t until Claire, her husband and children moved to Claverdon that she got involved with flowers again. She helped out with the community shop in Claverdon and they decided to stock flowers. Having worked with flowers previously Claire volunteered to look after them. Deciding that she wanted to step outside the corporate world work wise, Claire embarked on part time studies for City and Guilds Level 2 in floristry at Moreton Morrell and started work at a Warwick Florists. Having a flair for floristry and with things going well, she decided to do Level 3 and moved onto a flower company in Coventry. The next step was Level 4 and the opportunity to compete at the RHS Tatton Flower Show, where the Moreton Morrell team won a silver medal. Roll forward to November 2015 and Claire is now a gold medal winner having won the Floristry gold medal at the WorldSkills UK Skills Competition Finals, after coming first in the regional floristry heats held earlier in 2015. She tells us it was an intense and nerve-racking experience, but the outcome more than makes up for the stress in the build up and during the competition. Not content with this, Claire shares with us that she would love to compete at the Chelsea Flower Show …. watch this space!
Claire with Dennis van Wonderen, British Florist Association Shows and Events Director, who presented her with the gold medal
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and there is something very special about giving and receiving fresh flowers.
Claire is geared up for a busy few days and is having many boxes of beautiful fresh flowers delivered for her to work her magic with.
You can order flowers from Claire on 01564 898320 or contact via email on firstname.lastname@example.org. You could also pop in to discuss your requirements, from funeral flowers, to everyday arrangements and not forgetting Mothers Day in March. Opening hours are as follows; Tuesday 10 – 1, Wednesday to Saturday 10 – 5 and Sunday 11 – 4.