In June 1957 a meeting was convened by The Yorkshire Flower Decoration Club at the Royal Station Hotel in York to discuss the formation of a North Eastern Area Association of Flower Clubs in order to gain recognition from The Royal Horticultural Society and to have a link with other like-minded Associations throughout the United Kingdom. The Floral Arrangement Association of North East England (FAANEE) was born and covered a huge area – the counties of Yorkshire, Durham and Northumberland – the land between the Trent and the Tweed.
The name of the Area was changed to the North East Area of NAFAS when the parent body was formed in 1959 and the Area was the fourth Area to join. In 1965 the clubs in Northumberland and Durham formed their own group within the North East Area and two years later went to form their own Area. Despite remaining as the North East Area most of the clubs are in Yorkshire.
In 2017 the North East Area celebrated its Diamond Anniversary.
The Area has always been active in promoting flower arranging and has held many festivals in places of worship, stately homes and been awarded both a Gold award and a Silver Gilt on behalf of NAFAS at The Chelsea Flower Show. Members have also arranged flowers at Westminster Abbey for national events like Commonwealth Observance.
Members of the Area have served as trustees of NAFAS, chairmen and members of Standing Committees, Special Appointments and two members have served as National Chairmen and two as National Presidents.