Youngsters impress with their giant sunflower grown at Northampton nursery

Children from a nursery school in Northampton have won first prize in their region in a charity sunflower growing competition run by a virtual garden centre.

Monday, 21st November 2016, 5:18 pm
Updated Tuesday, 22nd November 2016, 12:27 pm
Three-year-old Noah Wolfenden, four-year-old Albie Osborne, four-year-old Elfin Hancock and three-year-old Tabitha Humphries from The Camrose Early Years Centre with their certificates asked people to grow the ‘fattest sunflower face’ using special seeds bred to produce larger flower faces in aid of children’s charity Barnardo’s.

Peter Burks, horticultural expert at, said: “We had lots of fantastic entries to our sunflower competition and we decided to award the children at the Camrose Early Years Centre top prize in their region for their brilliant sunflower, which measured 10.5cm across its face.

“The centre has received a £10 gift voucher as well as certificates for the children. It’s brilliant that the children got involved in the competition as it’s always good to see youngsters getting into gardening, we hope it will inspire others to do so in the future.”

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The Camrose Early Years Centre is a nursery school and daycare provider with a wide range of Family Learning activities, based in the Spencer, Kings Heath and Dallington areas of Northampton. It helps ensure that children are ready for school and work with parents and carers to involve them in their children’s learning, development and education.

Head of the Camrose Early Years centre, Anette Whitehouse, said: “Our Governors and staff are really proud that the children won this competition. We had all watched the sunflower grow for ages and it just kept on growing and ended up as tall as a beanstalk.

“We are pleased that the children now know that from tiny seeds big flowers can grow. When our sunflower eventually fell over, the children played with the head of the flower and learnt about its structure by exploring it. There were loads of seeds and we hope that more sunflowers will grow in the same spot again next year.”