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11th Aug, 2022

Flower power way to say thank you and beat the pandemic blues

Ross Crawford 19th Jul, 2020

A LOCKDOWN sunflower growing project in Cookhill and beyond has resulted in beautiful blooms along the Ridgeway and beyond.

Organised by local husband and wife team David and Jackie Morgan of Cookhill Baptist Church the aim was to bring some cheer in the depths of the pandemic and have fun into the bargain.

“Initially, the idea was to encourage our grandchildren at a distance to engage in a practical gardening project while not in school,” said David.

“Then other local families and individuals, met on (permitted-at-social-distance) dog walks, and expressed an interest in joining in and it went from there.”

One gardener who has grown some spectacular examples is near neighbour Jim Clark.

“Planting their seeds very early in the year Jim and his wife Jean are already enjoying the fruits of their labours,” said David.

“They have blooms nearly three metres that are already in flower and peeping over the garden fence.

“Jim and Jean reached another milestone recently, in celebrating their Platinum Wedding Anniversary, which was acknowledged by a personal congratulations card from the Queen.

“The Sunflowers Project was also designed to act as a visual aid, continuing the ethos of thanksgiving and hope for NHS, other key workers and all those who support our communities,” added David.

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