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Our ‘Bloom and Win: Sunflower Photo Competition’ is a great success among services

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As well as re-launching our gardening competition; Regard in Bloom, this year we introduced a new competition for staff and the people we support. In March we sent a packet of giant sunflower seeds to all 150 of our services, and it has been a race to grow the tallest sunflowers and to take the best photographs of these.

These sunflower seeds weren’t your usual type of sunflower seed, the ‘Kong’ variety that everyone received can grow up to 15 metres tall, although the competition came to an end before everyone’s sunflowers reached their maximum potential we intend to track the progress throughout the coming months.

The winning service was Gordon Avenue who produced some great photographs, with one of the people we support, Josh, looking after them (here on the right). Well done to Josh and the team at Gordon Avenue.

Everyone got involved in the action and we noticed some real ‘green fingers’ among our staff and the people we support. Although the competition has closed we are still excited to see how tall they can grow and maybe we will break a world record for the tallest sunflower!

Gordon Avenue


Gordon Avenue is a supported living, younger person’s transition service, ideal for young adults leaving residential college or foster care/ family home.