Gainsborough school children still have time to enter sunflower competition

Gainsborough school pupils are being reminded this month there is still time for them to take part in a gardening challenge to help raise money for Barnardo's.
Olivia Doran with her seeds ready to enter the sunflower competitionOlivia Doran with her seeds ready to enter the sunflower competition
Olivia Doran with her seeds ready to enter the sunflower competition

There is still time to purchase seeds from onlione garden centre Potter & Rest at and plant them ready to grow the ‘fattest sunflower face’ in aid of the national charity.

Peter Burks, horticultural expert at, explained: “We’re reminding children that there is still time to get involved with our sunflower competition.

“We’re asking green-fingered children to grow the sunflower with the fattest face and the seeds youngsters will use have been bred especially to have large flower ‘heads’.

“We know that many schools have gardening clubs and we would love it if they could get involved too.

“As well as entering our competition they could have their own in-house one too.”

The competition is also a fund-raiser for Barnardo’s through a £1 donation, which people will be asked to make when they order their seeds.

Parents, guardians or teachers are invited to order a packet of seeds, while stocks last, for £1 from

An entry form can be downloaded from

Barnardo’s works to transform the lives of vulnerable children and young people.

The charity uses the knowledge gained from its direct work with children to campaign for better childcare policy and to champion the rights of every child.

Sue Westbury, head of Barnardo’s regional fund-raising south, said: “With support from companies such as Potter & Rest we are able to run more than 960 vital services across the UK, including counselling for children who have been abused, fostering and adoption services and disability support.”

In September, children will be asked to measure their sunflower across the middle of its ‘face’, excluding petals.

They will also be asked to take a photo of their sunflower and complete the entry form.

All entries must be submitted via email before midnight on September 30 to [email protected] with the entry form and a photo of the sunflower attached to the email.

There are two titles to be won – regional winner and national winner.

The five regional winners will each receive a £10 Potter & Rest voucher and a certificate.

The national winner will be the entrant whose sunflower ‘face’ was recorded as the largest and they will receive a certificate and a £50 Potter & Rest voucher. The overall winner’s school will also be presented with a £50 Potter & Rest voucher.

By entering, entrants agree to participate in any press or other publicity relating to this competition.

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