Elwick pub holds sunflower-growing challenge for village children

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DOZENS of children are flocking to the back garden of a popular village pub as they go head-to-head in a fun sunflower challenge.

Clare Riddle, the licensee at the McOrville Inn, planted 48 sunflower seeds out the back of the pub, in Elwick.

And then the 33-year-old put the challenge out to youngsters in the village to adopt a sunflower, look after it and watch it grow in the weeks ahead.

Judging will then take place at the end of next month to determine which dedicated green-fingered child in the village owns the tallest sunflower.

The competition is proving extremely popular with lots of children from St Peter’s Elwick CE Primary School and their families getting involved.

And Clare said some of the sunflowers are already growing to quite a height.

“We have got one or two which are taller than a metre and a half already so they are looking really good,” she said.

“The sun has obviously been shining a lot and some of the children have been coming over quite a lot to water them and look after them, they’re really taking it seriously and enjoying the competition and the responsibility.”

Clare decided to set the competition up to involve the full community in the village and she’s been delighted with the response.

“We planted the sunflowers and then gave youngsters the chance to sign up and adopt one,” she said.

“If the children want to come and put extra seeds down then that’s absolutely fine. It’s good fun and it’s something the children can enjoy over the summer holidays as well.

“Now we just have to wait and see which sunflower grows to the tallest height before the end of August.”