Seeds are running out fast for annual sunflower contest

If you are wanting to get your hands on some sunflower seeds for the Northumberland Gazette Sunflower Challenge, you better hurry.

This year the challenge has been so popular we’ve almost run out of seeds, but if we do, we’ll get some more –as they say, the more the merrier.

The challenge is being run in association with Alnwick in Bloom, which has provided seeds for the competition.

Packets of seeds can be collected from the Northumberland Gazette office. Please ring the doorbell for assistance.

The sunflower seeds can be planted in small pots indoors so they can get warmth and light.

Towards the beginning of May, they can then be planted outside. Or they can be planted straight into the ground, around 60cm apart.

The challenge is open to children aged 16 and under.

When your sunflower is fully grown and in bloom, take its picture and send it to Michael Pearson, Northumberland Gazette, 32 Bondgate Without, Alnwick NE66 1PN.

You can also email a picture to with your name, age, address, contact details and measurement by August 31.

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

Awards will be presented at an Alnwick in Bloom prize-giving event later this year.