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Merseyside farmer plants sunflowers for charity

 

A farmer from Merseyside has planted a hectare of sunflowers to raise money for a local cancer charity.



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Olly Harrison has planted 75,000 sunflowers to raise money for a local cancer charity
Olly Harrison has planted 75,000 sunflowers to raise money for a local cancer charity

Olly Harrison, 35 from Tarbock has set aside a hectare (2.5 acres) of land to plant sunflowers - not only to feed the local wildlife, but also to raise money for a local cancer charity.

 

Mr Harrison, NFU North West’s combinable crops chairman, estimates there are 75,000 sunflowers in his field, and for each one he hopes to raise £1 for the charity Sunflowers, which supports cancer patients, survivors and carers in Merseyside.

 

He said: "Originally I wanted to see if the flower would grow well in my region. After standing in the field watching bees feeding on flowers I thought it would be a shame to harvest them and would be nice to leave them for the birds to feed on over winter.

 

"It was at this point that I came up with this idea of raising money from them for charity.

 

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Mr Harrison has created a JustGiving page, where you can pledge money to the charity and show your support to British farmers who have embraced the conservation agenda.

 

 

Mr Harrison added: “I will lose money on the field by not harvesting the flowers but that’s farming at present.

 

"I am already losing on the rest of my crops this year with a poor harvest and poor prices so giving something to a good cause will cheer me up and if it’s successful I will grow some more next year.”

 


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