Truly & her grandmother Kymee, wanted to grow a sunflower and asked others to join them. Marlborough Beanie kids started. Sunflowers are bringing our children together in a flower growing competition. More than 100 children have joined in the effort.
Facebook group, Marlborough Beanie Kids gave away sunflower seeds so that local children can plant them at home and chart how big they get. “We want them to measure and record their growth,” says Kym-Marie.
Aimed at 4-10 years old, each child will be given five seeds and a growing diary. Each child can photograph the seedlings and with the help of an adult, post the progress onto the Facebook group, over the coming weeks and months. There are videos on the page about planting and growing. They would really like help from Marlborough gardeners though, people who can help these young ‘Monty’s’ keep their plants on track.
“We want to know the size, progress and what you are doing to look after your sunflowers,” Kym-Marie told us. “Where have you planted them and how many flowers had grown?” We want this to be an exciting project the children can focus on during this unusual and difficult time. The Facebook group brings them together in a way that normal activity cannot, right now. This is a home-schooling science project, writing project, and maths if you count the measuring. This could give kids a feeling of belonging, something that’s possibly missing right now.
Later in August the biggest and best will be awarded a certificate and prize. We are hoping we can have a Marlborough Sunflower Walk later in the summer, hopefully the town and villages will be awash with these beautiful giant plants that can grow to 8 metres high!
It’s a phenomenal effort by our young people to do something as a group, a real community project. If all goes well, pumpkins could be next?
(Call Kymee Cleasby on 07798832911 for more info)