The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Alderman Noel Williams, has announced the winner and runners-up of the Mid and East Antrim In Bloom Tallest Sunflower Competition.
In April, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council distributed 5000 packets of free sunflower seed to schools across the Borough to get children growing as part of the Mid and East Antrim In Bloom initiative.
The Mayor said:
“It’s been a tough summer for sunflowers with a very dry August and I have been really impressed by the number of applications and the height of the sunflowers this year.
"This competition really catches the imagination of our young people and after months of tender loving care by these young gardeners it is wonderful to see the end results. The time and dedication entrants spend on tending their sunflowers is extraordinary and is a credit to them.
“I am delighted to announce the winner is Zach McClelland, aged 5, from Ballymena, whose sunflower grew to a magnificent 3 metres and 87cms.
"First Runner-up is Ava Dunlop, aged 9, from Cullybackey, whose sunflower measured a mighty 3 metres and 65cms.
"Second Runner-up is Isla Kirkpatrick, aged 6, from Larne, with her sunflower measuring a blooming 3 metres and 10cms. Well done everyone.”