In honour of the 800th anniversary of the famous Magna Carta, Salisbury Cathedral will be in full bloom this September celebrating in style with a spectacular flower festival, where Kingston Maurward Floristry students will be using their creative skills to contribute to this legendary occasion.
The Magna Carta– written in 1215 – is renowned as a symbol of justice, fairness, and human rights. Meaning simply ‘Great Charter’, it has inspired and encouraged movements for freedom and constitutional government in Britain and around the world over the centuries.
It was written in Latin by hand by an expert scribe on vellum – animal skin, in this case, sheepskin – and Salisbury Cathedral houses one of only four of the existing original copies.
At the flower festival phrases from the Magna Carta will be brought to life using floral displays designed by top floral designer Angela Turner, and put together by students. The poignant phrases the students will be depicting are ‘marriage’ and ‘funeral’ in a bold red and white colourway against a dramatic black background.
Floristry student, Annie Ring, said: “It’s great to get the chance to be creative in a real project and to be able to represent the College too.”
Kingston Maurward College was approached by organisers looking for a reputable education provider to take part in the festival, and not surprisingly, the College leapt at the chance.
Floristry Tutor, Tracey Nadin, said: “This is a huge honour for us to have been approached to take part in such a prestigious and historical event – we are delighted to be involved. It gives the students the opportunity to contribute to a really worthwhile, exciting and memorable event.”
All flowers and materials will be provided for the students who will set up the display – alongside 400 other participants – on Monday 14th September ready for the festival 15th-20th September. For tickets and more information about the Magna Flora Flower Festival visit salisburycathedral.org.uk.