Students Aim for the Sky with the In Bloom Tallest Sunflower Competition!

Wednesday 12th May 2021

Students across Ards and North Down are being encouraged to enter this year’s Ards and North Down In Bloom Tallest Sunflower competition!

Entries are invited for the 2021 tallest sunflower competition

The Council’s In Bloom campaign and community competitions were officially launched at the end of April, and the Tallest Sunflower competition is one of the most hotly contested as it captures the imaginations of all those eligible entrants aged 16 and under.

Ards and North Down Borough Council has already distributed packets of seeds to many schools throughout the Borough so the race is on to find out who can grow the tallest sunflower by the end of August!

The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Trevor Cummings, said:

“By actively supporting the In Bloom community competitions, not only will students help make their parents or grandparents gardens more attractive but they will also be contributing to the Borough’s entry into the Translink Ulster in Bloom competition and other regional awards.

“It’s a great initiative to be involved in as it encourages everyone to think about their local environment and how attractive plants, flowers, trees and gardens can enhance it. 13-year-old Jacob Thompson from Newtownards won last year’s Tallest Sunflower competition with a sunflower that grew to an impressive height of more than four metres. I’m looking forward to finding out if anyone can match his efforts this year!”

Other competitions for young gardeners include a Painting Competition, Best School Garden Project and Young Volunteer of the Year. For those over the age of 16, categories include Best Kept Front Garden, Gardening for Wildlife, Best Kept Commercial Premises, Best Kept Community Planting Scheme and Volunteer of the Year.

The competitions are free to enter and prizes are available for the winners and runners-up in each. For more information, visit the In Bloom competition page.