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Weekly Edition - Published  17 May 2016


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Children given gardening challenge for charity

CHILDREN from Southport, over May 2016, are being given a gardening challenge to help raise money for a national charity. PotterAndRest.Co.UK are asking youngsters to grow the 'fattest sunflower face' in aid of Barnado's. Peter Burks, Horticultural Expert at Potter and Rest, explained:- "Last year we ran a competition for children to grow the smiliest plants around and it was so popular that we have decided to run it again.  We're asking greenfingered children to get involved and grow the sunflower with the fattest face and the seeds youngsters will use have been bred especially to have large flower 'heads'.  We know that many schools have gardening clubs and we would love it if they could get involved too. As well as entering our competition they could have their own in house 1 too."

The competition is also a fundraiser for Barnado's through a £1 donation, which people will be asked to make when they order their seeds. Parents, guardians or teachers are invited to order a packet of seeds, while stocks last, for £1. An entry form can be downloaded. Barnado's works to transform the lives of vulnerable children and young people. It believes that every child deserves the best start in life and the chance to fulfil their potential. The charity uses the knowledge gained from its direct work with children to campaign for better childcare policy and to champion the rights of every child. Sue Westbury, Head of Barnardo's Regional Fundraising South, said:- "As the UK's leading children's charity, Barnardo's worked with 240,000 children, young people and families last year (2015). With support from companies such as Potter & Rest we are able to run more than 960 vital services across the UK, including counselling for children who have been abused, fostering and adoption services and disability support."

In September, children will be asked to measure their sunflower across the middle of its 'face', excluding petals. They will also be asked to take a photo of their sunflower and complete the entry form. All entries must be submitted via email before midnight, on 30 September 2016, to:-, with the entry form and a photo of the sunflower attached to the email. There are 2 titles to be won; Regional Winner and National Winner. The 5 regional winners will each receive a £10 Potter and Rest voucher and a certificate. The National Winner will be the entrant whose sunflower 'face' was recorded as the largest and they will receive a certificate and a £50 Potter and Rest voucher. The overall winner's school will also be presented with a £50 Potter & Rest voucher. By entering, entrants agree to participate in any press or other publicity relating to this competition. Terms and conditions are available online. Potter and Restaims to be the largest 'true' garden centre online, with free expert advice available to gardeners via telephone and social media backed by a 5 year plant guarantee. The e-garden centre hopes to appeal to all levels of gardeners from complete novices to keen amateurs and on to expert gardeners.


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