A new career in floristry adds up for Lesley-Ann

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AN ACCOUNTANT has swapped her calculator and bank books for shears and trimmers as she embarks on a new career as a florist.

Lesley-Ann Farrington, from Pakenham, has started up her own florists after completing a two-year floristry course, at Otley College.

Sally Butler, head of floristry at Otley College, said: “Lesley is one of many of our students who start up their own businesses and we wish her well. She has been a joy to teach and has always brought lots of passion and idea to lessons.”

Lesley-Ann, who is continuing to work as an accountant for the time-being, has set up Forever Blooms and has since competed at the Suffolk Show, worked for weddings and even created the bouquets for the Queen when she visited Honington.

She said: “I’m a firm believer in education and I’m keen to go on and take a degree in floristry.”

Lesley-Ann, who was born in Surrey but has lived in East Anglia for 40 years, now hopes to specialise in modern wedding bouquets, commemorative displays and private functions.

She offers a one-to-one service including home visits.

For more information, go to www.forever-blooms.co.uk