This Christmas the Academy has decided to help raise money to save England’s most threatened species from extinction and so we have launched four festive films. Each film will share with you how to professionally decorate your Christmas tree, make a floral table arrangement, craft a floral napkin ring, and dress your Christmas table for the big day. Donate a minimum of just £20 and all profits (97%) will go direct to this very worthy cause and help save our treasured wildlife.
Back from the Brink is one of the most ambitious conservation projects ever undertaken.
In association with RSPB and other charities, this special project, backed by a grant of £4.6m from The National Lottery, is helping to save 20 species from extinction and benefit 200 more through 19 projects focused on endangered and decreasing population of wildlife and their habitats, including animal, plant, and fungi across England from the tip of Cornwall to Northumberland. It simply is the gift that keeps on giving and your kind donation will help preserve our precious wildlife and their environment for future generations as well as give you great floral tips.
Step-by-step tutorials by Master Florists Julie Collins and Tina Parkes
- Available as on-line downloads, Level 1 tutorials normally cost £95, so make sure you don’t miss out on this special offer only available through our website from November 24th – Christmas Eve.
Film One– Dressing your Christmas tree by Tina. Every year we get asked to dress Christmas Trees in private houses and Hotels and this year we share our top tips so you can bring a professional touch to your home. We explain the importance of pattern, depth, and rhythm.
Film Two – Laying your festive table to impress. In floristry we learn how to use elements and principles of design and Julie applies this knowledge to laying a table, looking at lines, layering and the focals.
Film Three– Christmas table design. No table is complete without a beautiful table centerpiece, so join Tina as she shares lots of tips from soaking oasis foam and securing candles and follow her as she gives you a full demonstration.
Film Four.– Floral napkin rings, this is a perfect opportunity to have fun making quick and easy floral napkin ring holders to impress your family, and also a lovely opportunity to get children involved. Julie shows you how to make this impressive finish to your table.
£20 will pay for 5 more Barberry plants to be planted as food plants for the Barberry Carpet moth
£40 can buy an Audio moth static bat detector to help survey and monitor bat species within project woodlands
£65 could buy a camera trap to help us catch video footage of Pine Martens
£80 can pay for 1000m2 of ride-side vegetation to be mulched to enable future mowing of these areas & maintain them as open spaces.
£280 buys a tree popper to help restore habitat for the Field Cricket
£3,000 could pay for the regeneration of a hectare of land (10,000 square meters) to provide suitable habitat for threatened butterflies and moths.
£10,000 could pay for management on 10km of woodland rides, keeping them open and sunny so that butterflies and moths can thrive.
*Just a small amount will be deducted to cover the card organization transaction costs, e.g.for every £20 we collect £19.40 will go to Back from the Brink.
“Hi Julie and Tina, Thank you very much for the Christmas floral films. They were lovely and gave me lots of ideas on designs” Jane Butler
“Hi Julie, Such a good charity to support, I enjoyed the films very much.” Dilys Godfrey
“Lovely Saturday afternoon viewing, really loved the arrangement & napkin rings – feel much more Christmasy now! x Julie Avery
Designs as seen in Devon Life, December 2020