The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Audrey Wales MBE has been helping Council staff to deliver free sunflower seed packs to schools across the Borough.
She wants pupils to get ‘sowing and growing’ for entry into the Mid and East Antrim In Bloom Tallest Sunflower competition later this year.
Cllr Wales said: “Each year we deliver 5,000 free packets of sunflower seeds to local school children as part of the Mid and East Antrim In Bloom campaign and community competitions and we have been back on tour again.
“All entrants to the Mid and East Antrim In Bloom Community competitions have the chance to win great prizes and winners will be invited along to a prize giving ceremony in October,” Cllr Wales added.
There are 10 community competitions with great prizes available for winners and runners up in each.
General 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.
Cllr Wales added: “We have four competitions specifically for our young horticulturalists too – Painting Competition; Poetry Competition; Best School Gardening Project and of course, the hotly contested Tallest Sunflower Competition.
“Last year’s winner was James Brown Kerr, aged 7, from Cullybackey, whose sunflower grew a mighty three metres.
“Runners-up were Laura Stewart, aged 12, from Ahoghill, with a blooming 2 metre 85cm sunflower and Noah McTeggart-Hughes, age 4, from Ballycarry, who grew an impressive 2 metre 70cm sunflower. Do you think you can grow a taller sunflower this year?
“I wish all the entrants good luck in the competition this year!” she concluded.