Sunflower seed packets distributed to schools

Alderman May Beattie,  Mr Austin, principal of St Nicohlas' Primary School, Mrs Corey and members of the school's Eco Committee, Ellie Morgan, Connor O'Hara, Nico Diola, Luke Haighton, Roisin Austin and Sophie Cashe. INCT 17-759-CON
Alderman May Beattie, Mr Austin, principal of St Nicohlas' Primary School, Mrs Corey and members of the school's Eco Committee, Ellie Morgan, Connor O'Hara, Nico Diola, Luke Haighton, Roisin Austin and Sophie Cashe. INCT 17-759-CON

Budding gardeners with lofty ambitions are invited to take up Carrick’s Tallest Sunflower challenge.

Alderman May Beattie and Alison Diver, Natural Communities Outreach officer, were delivering free sunflower seed packs to schools in Greenisland, Carrick and Whitehead this week so pupils can get sowing and growing for the competition.

Alderman Beattie explained: “Each year we deliver two thousand packets of sunflower seeds to local school children as part of the Carrickfergus in Bloom initiative to Get Kids Growing. The time and dedication pupils spend on tending their sunflowers is extraordinary and is a credit to them.”

Last year’s winner was Samantha Braniff, aged 6, from Carrickfergus whose sunflower grew a mighty three metres.

“The Carrickfergus in Bloom Tallest Sunflower Competition is hugely popular and I wish all the entrants good luck in the competition this year,” said Alderman Beattie.