A farmer from Merseyside has planted a hectare of 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.
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.”