What a whopper from Lily

Lily Barnes, aged 3, with her sunflowers.
Lily Barnes, aged 3, with her sunflowers.

BEAUTIFUL blooms are popping up across north Northumberland as the Gazette’s competition heats up.

Organised in association with Alnwick in Bloom, the Sunflower Challenge urges youngsters to get out in the garden and grow their very own plant to be in with a chance of winning a prize.

And this week, two youngsters could be in with a chance.

Three-year-old Lily Barnes, from Clayport Street, Alnwick, has grown an 8ft 2in whopper at her grandma’s house.

She has another which is still growing and waiting to bloom.

Five-year-old Alisha Fairgrieve, of Lower Barresdale, Alnwick, has also entered her blooms into the competition.

Alisha picked up her seeds from the Northumberland Gazette office earlier this year.

One of her flowers has reached 7ft 8in and another 7ft 4in.

But others are still needed.

If your bloom beats these then you could rise to the top of the table.

Winners will be invited to a prize-giving at Alnwick Garden later this month.

Courtesy of Alnwick in Bloom, the youngster who grows the tallest sunflower will win a £25 WHSmith voucher, second will be a £15 voucher and third a £10 voucher.

To enter your bloom take a picture of you with it and send it in to the Northumberland Gazette by email to helen.millichamp@northeast-press.co.uk or by post to Sunflower Competition, Northumberland Gazette, 32 Bondgate Without, Alnwick, NE66 1PN.

Once the competition has closed, judges will go out to measure the tallest ones sent in.

The winners will be revealed in the Gazette before the awards presentation.