Sunflowers bringing happiness to residents during the pandemic. Not only do Sunflowers create a wonderful splash of colour in any garden they also have beautiful flowers that give you free edible seeds, so at The Future Care Group the activity coordinators throughout their 19 homes were given the challenge to see which home could grow the tallest sunflower.
Initially residents started off by sowing seeds in pots indoors and placed them around the windowsills. When the risk of frost had passed, they transferred them to the outside and continued to nurture them and watched them grow in their gardens.
Month by month these little seedlings flourished and grew into enormous sunflowers. They could never have known when they started the competition the additional benefit the project would bring. As residents became separated from loved ones due to visiting restrictions being imposed, having additional activity to fill their days become more important than ever to help maintain a sense of wellbeing.
The competition came to its conclusion with The Boynes in Upton-upon-Severn, being judged as overall winner having grown their sunflower to the magnificent height of 4 meters. However, all other homes who participated were winners too! As the residents all enjoyed the benefit of seeing their glorious sunflowers brighten up their gardens and their lives.