The Giant Sunflower Competition

We have sourced a quantity of Helianthus Giant Single Sunflower seeds, enough for 4 seeds per member (these grow up to 10 ft tall and have huge flower heads) and these have been be posted to members next week with full instructions for growing. Can you imagine hundreds of huge sunflowers shining their cheerfulness across our villages from July to late September?


Quite simply choose the largest HGS Sunflower Head you have grown and bring it to the October Club Meeting when the sunflower head with the largest circumference will win the £10 prize for it’s owner. 😂

ENVIRONMENTAL NOTE – You can use these Giant Sunflower Heads which have hundreds of nutritious seeds feed your local birdlife throughout the winter. 😂

JUDGEMENT DAY – Notes from David

Our Sunflower Seedhead Judgement Day is almost here – it will be next Saturday the 10th October at Ampleforth Village Hall between 10am – 12pm. Myself and a few other Committee members will be at the side of the Village Hall to collect your selected champion seedhead contender. Judging will take place later in the afternoon and the sunflower seedhead with the greatest circumference (in millimetres) measured with a flexible tape-measure will win £10 for it’s owner. If there is a tie in circumference measurement by 2 or more seedheads the prize will be shared by those in contention. An email will be sent to all members announcing the winner(s) with a photo of the winning seedhead(s)Please deliver your sunflower seedhead in a plastic bag together with your name printed on on a piece of paper/card (we have your home/email address) and state whether you want it RETURNED or DONATED. If the latter, your seedhead will be disposed of by being suspended in trees in a local woodland for birds to enjoy. The winner(s) will receive their prize money asap. Those who wish their seedheads to be returned will be able to collect them from the Ampleforth Village Hall on Saturday 17th October between 10 – 11pm.Thanks to all of you who have participated in this lengthy competition with the early drought, frequent rain and some high winds and congratulations to all who have managed to achieve a potentially winning seedhead.

Hello EveryoneThis is the moment of truth!The Sunflower Seed-heads were collected yesterday between 10am -12noon with 14 entries received. Thanks go to all members who submitted their ‘best’ specimen.The three largest seed-heads were – in order of largest first.
1st   Gerard Simpson (Oswaldkirk) – Circumference 1001 millimetres (see photo below)2nd  Eric Stainthorpe (Oswaldkirk)  – Circumference   724  millimetres3rd   Helen Dobson (Ampleforth)     – Circumference   720 millimetres
The £10 winners prize goes to Gerard Simpson

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Editors Note – 1001 millimetres is just over 1 metre Gerard has not yet divulged his winning Sunflower Competition growing secrets but there is rumour that he has received offers from Gardeners World.  
Many thanks to Shirley and Andy Halliwell who helped yours truly with the measuring and to Lot Doucet who facilitated our event at the Ampleforth Village Hall environs plus coffee and biscuits. Members who entered the competition will receive a copy of the full list of entrants with the measurements of all submitted seed-heads in due course.
Many thanks to all of you for your support and efforts.David Badham Chairperson