Green-fingered Gardeners Challenged To Grow Tallest Sunflower

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Free sunflower seeds have been delivered to schools across the borough so pupils can get sowing and growing to enter the popular Mid and East Antrim in Bloom Tallest Sunflower Competition.

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim has been helping council staff to hand out the packs and is encouraging kids from Ballymena, Carrickfergus and Larne to get planting before the winner is announced later in the year.

Encouraged to Grow

Cllr Paul Reid said: “This year we have delivered 7000 free packets of sunflower seeds to local school children as part of the Mid and East Antrim In Bloom competition. Last year’s winners were the Ahoghill Community Rainbows whose sunflower grew to a magnificent 3 metres and 20cms. Runners-up were Charlotte, Jessica and Lucy Bell, aged 11, 9 and 7, from Kells, with a mighty 3 metre 5cm sunflower, and Amy McAlister, aged 12, from Cullybackey with a blooming 2 metre 98cm tall sunflower.

If you think your garden can grow a taller sunflower, make sure you don’t miss out this year. We are also running a number of other competitions for In Bloom this year so why not also enter our Painting Competition, Poetry Competition or Best School Gardening Project? I wish all the entrants good luck.”

Ten Community Competitions

There are ten community competitions with great prizes available for winners and runners up in each. Categories include Best Kept Front Garden, Best Kept Allotment Garden, Best Kept Commercial Premises, Best Kept Community Planting Scheme and the Gardening for Wildlife Award.

For more information on how to enter visit here.