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26th July 2018

Students from Goole College are celebrating after a project they worked on for Immingham in Bloom won a prestigious gold award from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

The team of engineering students were commissioned to create a structure for a floral display by Associated British Ports (ABP) as part of the community gardening competition.They spent six months building a stunning replica of a ship and crane under the supervision of welding tutor Mick Grundy.

Judges at the prestigious RHS show at Tatton Park were so impressed, they awarded the display gold in the Flower Power Bed category.

Anne Handley, Community and Business Partnerships Manager at Goole College, said it was a fantastic achievement.

“ABP have supported Immingham in Bloom for a number of years and they approached us in January to create this unique structure,” she said.

“We were delighted to be involved as it set our students a really interesting challenge that they enjoyed.

“It’s also a great example of the fantastic business and community links we have at the college which mean we not only teach our students the skills they need but also offer them opportunities to develop.

“This means they are able to gain experience which will set them apart when they move on to further education, jobs or training on leaving us.”

The students spent more than 100 hours on the project which will be displayed permanently at the Port of Immingham.

It has previously been on display at Immingham Civic Centre and was seen by thousands of visitors at Tatton Park.

The unique project has also been featured on the BBC’s Britain in Bloom TV show as well as Gardeners’ World.

Caron Wright, principal of Goole College, said: “I’m very proud of everyone who was involved in this project.

“We are looking forward to receiving our gold award certificate which we will display as a fitting tribute to Mick Grundy who is retiring from the college this summer.

“I hope this success will encourage people to find out more about what we offer at Goole College this summer before the new term starts in September.

“We are currently accepting applications and will be enrolling new students to join our college soon.”

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