SUNFLOWER CHALLENGE: Blooming beautiful

The Sunflower Challenge
The Sunflower Challenge

The growing is over and what a crop we’ve got.

The Gazette’s Sunflower Challenge has produced a forest of fabulous flowers.

Lincoln Angus, 18 months old, with his sunflower. It's a lot bigger now.

Lincoln Angus, 18 months old, with his sunflower. It's a lot bigger now.

Some of them are pictured here, with the young gardeners who have grown them.

The competition, run in association with Alnwick in Bloom, is now at the judging stage.

The Alnwick in Bloom judges will soon be out and about with their tapes, measuring the sunflowers. They’re going to need step ladders to reach the top.

The winner will receive a £25 voucher, second place £15 and third £10. Five runners-up with each get a £5 voucher.

Emilia Bowden, aged two-and-a-half, with her forest of sunflowers.

Emilia Bowden, aged two-and-a-half, with her forest of sunflowers.

The prizes will be presented later this month.

The annual challenge, for which Alnwick in Bloom provides free sunflower seeds, is open to children aged 16 and under.

Three-year-old Lucy-Mae Edridge with her giant sunflowers.

Three-year-old Lucy-Mae Edridge with her giant sunflowers.

Two-year-old Ollie Findler with his sunflower.

Two-year-old Ollie Findler with his sunflower.

Catherine Molineux, four, is dwarfed by her sunflower.

Catherine Molineux, four, is dwarfed by her sunflower.

Brooke Robson, six, and her three-year-old brother James with their sunflowers.

Brooke Robson, six, and her three-year-old brother James with their sunflowers.