Kirsty’s skills on show at Chelsea

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A Scarborough florist is competing at the 100th annual Chelsea Flower Show, which is taking place this week.

At just 24, Kirsty Berridge runs her own floral design company, Minnie Bee’s, based in Cloughton.

She was thrilled to qualify for the Chelsea Flower Show, with the brief to create a bridal design for a Chelsea Gardener Gold Medallist.

Kirsty is pictured with the bridal piece which secured her place at the show’s Young Florist of the Year category.

She won at the Manchester Heat, beating Joe Massie who has had Best in Show at Chelsea Flower Show (Young Florist of the Year) the past four years in a row.

Kirsty said she was delighted with the achievement and really looking forward to taking part at Chelsea.

She added: “The enjoyment and pride I feel in my profession means that I always seek out exciting challenges, including active participation in several competitions.”

Having started in the industry six years ago, Kirsty worked her way up from trainee to shop manager.

She now has her own company, which specialises in wedding flowers and event floristry.

Kirsty said: “We supply exciting decorations and flower arrangements for large as well as small events.”

The Chelsea Flower Show has been held in the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital every year since 1913, apart from gaps during the two World Wars.

It used to be Britain’s largest flower show (it has now been overtaken by Hampton Court), but is still the most prestigious.

It is the flower show most associated with the royal family, who attend the opening day every year.