Chesterfield Borough Council - Meet the winners of Chesterfield’s Still Blooming

Chesterfield Borough Council - Meet the winners of Chesterfield’s Still Blooming

The winners of Chesterfield’s Still Blooming, an online competition led by Chesterfield Borough Council to find the borough’s best sunflowers have been announced.

Chesterfield’s Still Blooming was launched in May in response to the cancellation of Britain in Bloom and the Chesterfield in Bloom competitions. It aimed to find tallest sunflower, biggest flower head and most sunflowers on one plant. The council received lots of great entries and can now announce the following winners who will all be receiving a small prize and certificate.

The tallest sunflower was grown by Thomas Bown (8) and Jack Bown (6), their sunflower reached a massive 11 feet and they got their dad David to pose with the enormous sunflower.

The most sunflower heads on a single plant was won by Ollie Walker (6) and Kyla Walker (3) who managed to get 26 flower heads on a single plant.

The biggest sunflower head was grown by Lina Rutkauskiene and the flowerhead had a diameter of 20 inches.

Councillor Jill Mannion-Brunt, cabinet member for health and wellbeing at Chesterfield Borough Council, said:

“I want to thank everyone that took part in this great competition, we received loads of great entries. It was such a shame that the In Bloom judging was cancelled this year but if we can get as much support next year as we have for the online competitions, then I’m certain we will do very well.”

As well as receiving lots of great entries for the competition, there was also lots of positive feedback about the competition and families explaining how they have used the competition as one of their activities to keep busy during the lockdown.

In 2020 Chesterfield was due to take part in both the East Midlands in Bloom competition as well as the national competition, Britain in Bloom competition. However, these competitions were cancelled due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. This meant the annual Chesterfield in Bloom competition for residents also had to change.

As well as the Chesterfield’s Still Blooming competition the council also hosted a virtual flower festival on its website. The gallery for the festival is still available to view on the council’s website: www.chesterfield.gov.uk


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