Growing for Gold set for Golden Year

by Bethany Day on January 29, 2014

Communities up and down the country will be ‘growing for gold’ this year as Britain in Bloom celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is giving away half a million sunflower seeds to help give this year’s contest the golden theme it deserves.

Seeds of various varieties are being handed out, some of which could produce sunflowers up to 20 feet tall.

Community groups wanting to request some free seeds for their Britain in Bloom entry should apply on the RHS website by March 26.

Stephanie Eynon, community horticulture manager for the RHS, said the Growing for Gold initiative is being run to thank the groups that help keep their communities “clean, green and beautiful”.

She added: “It is also a chance to do something big for the environment. As well as being symbolic of RHS Britain in Bloom’s 50th year, these glorious fields of gold will provide vital food for pollinators this summer.”

Britain in Bloom, Europe’s biggest community gardening event, was launched by the British Tourism Authority in the 1960s to help brighten up the country’s cities, towns and villages.

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