Sunny delights

Release Date: 28-Sep-2016
Tenants in KNH’s retirement living schemes have been patiently nurturing sunflowers all summer, as part of an activity designed to bring the enjoyable benefits of gardening to older people and get them involved in a bit of healthy competition.
Joan and her winning sunflowers

Joan and her winning sunflowers

In all, 60 people took part in the competition, which began in the spring. Everyone was given dwarf sunflower seedlings and advice on how to get the best results from KNH’s community growing team. Before planting, they all made their own recycled plant pots so they could plant young plants directly into the ground.

The gentle rivalry has been a regular topic of conversation in the schemes and the source of friendly banter, as they all tried to out-do each other with their blooms. Even when many of the schemes were plagued by slugs, they still managed to grow some wonderful sunflowers.

For the second year in a row, the winner of the tallest sunflower (10’ 9”) was Joan Shaw, from Syke Fold Grange in Cleckheaton.

Other winners were:

• Best floral display, Roundway, Honley
• Best team effort – Sycamore Grange, Golcar
• Healthiest plants – Edale, Newsome
• Most Intrepid effort – Brooklands Grange, Cleckheaton
• Most nurtured – Denham Court, Batley
• Most creative – Belmont Grange, Norristhorpe.

Well done to everyone who took part!
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