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Farmer’s sunflower tribute raises 'vital' funds for NHS

A farmer has paid a special tribute to the NHS by planting thousands of sunflowers to create a message which spans over 200ft in his field. 

Photo credit: Steve Samosa
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Farmer’s sunflower tribute raises 'vital' funds for NHS

Olly Harrison, an arable farmer from Merseyside, showcased his appreciation for the country’s frontline workers by transforming his 485ha farm with half a million sunflowers for the public to enjoy.

 

With visitors able to pay to visit the huge installation, as well as navigate a 7ha sunflower maze constructed in the neighbouring field, Mr Harrison’s efforts will see 50 per cent of all profits donated to the NHS and its charitable partners.

 

He said: “Raising money for the NHS is vital and was one of the main motivations for planting the sunflowers back in April.

 

“With many farmers living in isolated areas, no one could hear our claps, so i wanted to do something with a big impact – so we said it with flowers instead by using drones to guide the cutting of the NHS sign, which takes up 1.5 acres.”


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Sunflower maze
Sunflower maze

The giant maze is set up to quiz visitors on their knowledge of bees and other pollinators, which are vital for the environment and each correct answer takes them one step closer to the finish line.

 

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“The quiz is a good way of educating people about farming and the environment and next year we are hoping to choose a different theme for the quiz, for example, about different pollinator crops,” he added.

 

Mr Harrison highlighted it was a ‘great way to give something back’, saying: “It has had such a positive response and many people already want to come back after their first visit – hopefully we can hold it again next year.”

 

You can hear Olly talk about his sunflower project over on FG’s latest Over the Farm Gate podcast, here.

 

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To book your slot, you can visit www.sunflowermaze.co.uk.

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