Ready, steady, grow! The 2016 Sunflower Challenge has been launched.
It’s a chance for green-fingered youngsters to put their gardening skills to the test and produce some skyscraping sunflowers.
The challenge, being run in association with Alnwick in Bloom, which has provided the sunflower seeds, is open to children aged 16 and under.
Packets of free seeds can be collected from four outlets in Alnwick – the library; Northumbria Pets, on Bondgate Within; Mojo Toys and Gifts, on Fenkle Street; and Wagonway Road Post Office.
The sunflower seeds can be planted in small pots indoors and given warmth and light. Towards the beginning of May, they can then be planted outside. Or they can be planted outdoors where they are to flower.
When your sunflower is fully grown and in bloom, take its picture and send it to Janet Hall, Northumberland Gazette, 32 Bondgate Without, Alnwick NE66 1PN, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, age, address, contact details and sunflower measurement by August 26.
The Alnwick in Bloom judges will be out to measure the sunflowers around the end of August, or later depending on the weather.
The winner will receive a £25 voucher, second £15 and third £10. Five runners-up will each get a £5 voucher.