Sunflower competition takes root in Wilton

Release Date: 23-Mar-2011
Residents from the Wilton estate in Batley turned out in force on Saturday to launch a sunflower growing competition.
Celebrating the launch of the sunflower competition

Celebrating the launch of the sunflower competition

The competition is being run by the Wilton Tenants and Residents Association as part of their Wilton in Bloom project, which is supported by Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing, children’s activity group Organised Chaos and Kirklees Council’s ‘narrowing the gap’ initiative, which aims to reduce inequalities between different areas of the district.

Dozens of children and young people took part in the event, potting up what they hope will be their prize-winning sunflower seeds.

Those taking part so far include 18 children under the age of five; 25 six to eleven year olds; and eight in the age 12-19 category.

Colin Priestley, chair of the Wilton TRA, said, “it was a beautiful day and it was great to see so many young people of Wilton taking part in our competition.

“There was face painting, balloon modeling and refreshments so it was a real family day. And as one of the kids said, ‘a fab time was had by all!’”

The growers of the winning sunflowers will receive vouchers and winners will be announced in August.

KNH Community Engagement Officer, Sabrina Hussain, said: “the sunflower competition is a great way to get children and young people interested in gardening, and we hope they’ll encourage their families to take part in the wider gardening competition.

“Lovely gardens help make our estates more attractive places to live, so I hope as many people as possible take part.”

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