Seven-year-old gardening enthusiast, James Brown Kerr, from Cullybackey, has been named the winner of the Mid and East Antrim In Bloom Tallest Sunflower Competition by the Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Cllr Audrey Wales MBE.
The young gardener has spent the summer nurturing his sunflower which grew to a mighty 3 metres and clinched the title of the Borough’s tallest sunflower. He was named the winner of the competition and paid a special visit by the Mayor this week.
The Mayor also announced the runners-up in the competition, Laura Stewart, aged 12, from Ahoghill, with a blooming 2metre 85cm sunflower, and Noah McTeggart-Hughes, age 4, from Ballycarry, who grew an impressive 2metre 70cm sunflower.”
Congratulating the winners, Cllr Wales said, “I’m delighted to meet James and congratulate him on his win. His sunflower is certainly a sight to be seen, towering above both of us! I would also like to congratulate the very worthy runners-up for their efforts. It is fantastic to see such horticultural talent in the Borough and to see the end results after months of tender loving care by these young gardeners. The time and dedication many entrants spend on tending their sunflowers is extraordinary and is a credit to them.”
Cllr Wales continued “I would like to remind everyone that there is still a chance to enter the Mid and East Antrim In Bloom Children’s Painting and Poetry competitions. Why not paint a picture of your garden or favourite flower or write a poem about ‘Mid and East Antrim In Bloom’?”
“We also have a new award this year – the Best School Gardening Project. Does your school have the best garden? What gardening projects have you been working on this year? There are great prizes to be won and all our winners and runners up will be invited to the awards ceremony in October. The deadline for entries is 30th September.”