Local florist, Kay Willis of Fairmile Florist has been awarded the prestigious title of Young Florist of the Year 2016 at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

Fairmile Florist, which is the preferred supplier for the local funeral director’s Tapper Funeral Service, sponsored Kay throughout a rigorous eight week programme in the lead up to the show, which also resulted in Kay winning a gold medal for her Brazilian carnival-inspired headdress which incorporated a colourful display of orange and pink flowers.

Kay has worked at Fairmile Florist for six years after studying floristry at The Bournemouth & Poole College.

Commenting on her new title, Kay Willis, said: ‘‘It was a complete surprise to be given the honour of Young Florist of the Year 2016. I am over the moon as a lot of hard work and determination went into creating my headdress.

‘‘Floristry has become a passion of mine and I hope to inspire other young florists to channel their creativity in this way.’’

Steven Tapper, managing director of Tapper Funeral Service added: “This accolade is well deserved and I am sure that everyone at Fairmile is as proud of Kay’s achievement as we are at Tapper Funeral Service.’’

Fairmile Florists is located next to the Poole and Christchurch branch of Tapper Funeral Service.