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​Sunflowers to bloom across Mid and East Antrim

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Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is asking residents to help brighten up the Borough, by delivering free packets of sunflower seeds to seventeen local shops.

These seeds will be free to customers for the annual sunflower competition.

A spokesperson the council said “We are asking residents to grow their sunflowers in their garden and post their progress online with the winners being announced in September.

“Being outside in your garden is a very good thing to do especially in these challenging days. In this new world of uncertainty, nature can be very uplifting. Gardening is also great for children, it makes them more confident and helps them develop leadership skills, making them feel competent and capable.

“So while you are following government advice and staying at home, why not get involved and plant your sunflowers which you can nurture and watch grow over the next couple of months.”

Each family can pick up one pack which will have 10 seeds included – enough for all the household to share.”

Below are the 17 stores across Mid and East Antrim where you can pick up a free pack on your next essential journey to buy food.

Hagan’s Fruit and Veg, Larne
Freshways F and V, Portglenone
The Fruit Centre, Larne
Dayfresh, Cullybackey
Foster’s, Whitehead
Slemish Market Garden, Ballymena
Eurospar, Carrickfergus
Eurospar, Victoria Road, Carrickfergus
Spar, Larne Road
Spar, North Road
Spar, Carnlough
Spar, Ballygally
Spar, Islandmagee
Spar, Whitehead
Mace, Greenisland
Vivo, Broughshane
NISA, Ahoghill

Measure your sunflower and send to [email protected] by 1 September

Please see link to entry form here: https://www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/downloads/Sunflower-Competition-.pdf

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