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The Great Sunflower Challenge 2021

01 Mar 2021 - 19 Jun 2021


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Giant sunflower in bloom

Let’s get growing for the 2021 Sunflower Challenge.

The challenge is now in its eighth year and will raise funds for JDRF at the same time.

Inspired by the success of their own sunflower growing efforts, Sarah Langton and Peter Kilby – whose son Oliver has type 1 – are aiming to spread their passion for sunflowers across the land and help raise vital funds for JDRF.

Groups and individuals are invited to join in the challenge and try and grow the tallest sunflower. Last year’s winner topped out at a massive 6.46 metres and set a new competition record previously held since 2017 at 3.80 metres. So will yours be this year’s winner?

Sunflower Challenge prizes

Win prizes for the tallest or weirdest sunflower – prizes are worth £150, £50 and £25, and there’s a booby prize* too.

Four donated prizes will be awarded:

  • 1st prize for the tallest – £150 gift voucher *
  • 2nd place runner up – £50 gift voucher  *
  • 3rd place  runner up – £25 gift voucher *
  • Booby prize for the funniest sunflower – judged by JDRF

* 1st prize will comprise a £100 gift voucher for the retailer of your choice plus a £50 Thompson & Morgan voucher. 2nd and 3rd prizes will be for the retailer of your choice.

Follow the opposition at @sunflowers4jdrf on Twitter and submit pictures to the Charity Sunflower Growing Challenge Facebook page as the competition hots up through the summer.

Previous winners

  • 2020 winner measured 6.46 metres – the competition record!
  • 2019 winner measured 2.82 metres
  • 2018 winner measured 3.29 metres
  • 2017 winner measured 3.80 metres
  • 2016 winner measured 3.70 metres
  • 2015 winner measured 2.67 metres
  • 2014 winner measured 2.83 metres

Big thanks to Thompson & Morgan for their continued support of free seeds and a £50 voucher.

How to enter

Register early to receive one of the 50 FREE giant sunflower seeds packs donated by Thompson & Morgan. All of the registration fee goes to JDRF as the prize pool has been donated. You will find more details in your welcome email.

The Great Sunflower Challenge is open to UK residents only.

The cost to enter this competition is £5.00 per person. You must register by  5pm on 19 June 2021 to be in with a chance of winning.  All entries must be submitted by 9 September 2021 and the winner will be announced by 30 September.  More details about growing and measuring your sunflower and the terms and conditions of the competition will be included in your welcome pack.

Get in touch

Please note that this competition is being organised by one of our brilliant supporters Peter Kilby. By registering for this event you agree that we will share your name, address and email address with the organiser of The Great Sunflower Challenge for the purpose of operational communications for this event only. Once you register for the event, your details will be passed onto Peter who will provide you with all the information you need to take part.

Once the Great Sunflower Challenge is completed, any data shared with and held by Peter Kilby will be deleted. Your details will however still be held by JDRF and will continue to be subject to our Data Privacy Policy.

If you have any questions regarding the competition please email Peter Kilby at jdrfsunflowers@gmail.com. Alternatively please contact Sue at JDRF – sperrin@jdrf.org.uk

The Great Sunflower Challenge 2021

01 Mar 2021 - 19 Jun 2021