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Sow & Grow Sunflower Challenge

Sow & Grow Sunflower Challenge

Let's spread some happiness with the Radius Housing Sow & Grow Sunflower Challenge in support of Air Ambulance NI!

With spring in bloom, we're encouraging all our tenants, staff and schools across Northern Ireland to channel their competitive spirit and get ready to grow SUPER SUNFLOWERS while helping to keep Northern Ireland's Air Ambulance in the sky.

So grab your gardening gloves and get your green fingers ready to nurture nature - we're rooting for you!

Sow & Grow Sunflower Challenge

Join the Summer Fun!

The Sunflower Challenge is free to enter and is open to all Radius tenants, Radius schemes, Radius staff members and their families and friends and schools across Northern Ireland.

As part of the Sunflower Challenge, there are two entry groups and two prize categories, as shown below:

Entry Groups

Entries will be categorised as follows:

  • All Radius tenants (including general needs tenants, schemes, Housing with Care residents); Radius staff and their family and friends
  • Northern Ireland schools

Prize Categories

There are two prize categories, with a 1st and 2nd prize awarded in each category:

  • Tallest Sunflower (1st prize is a £100 voucher; 2nd prize is a £50 voucher)
  • Widest Sunflower Seed Head (1st prize is a £100 voucher; 2nd prize is a £50 voucher)

The Sunflower Challenge opens on Monday 1st May and closes at midnight on Friday 15th September 2023.

For details on how to submit sponsorship money, please see the Terms & Conditions below.

Join the Summer Fun!

Sunflower Challenge Terms & Conditions

How to Enter

To enter the Sunflower Challenge, please complete your registration details using the entry form below (at the end of this section).

Once entered, we will send you a free seed packet and sponsor form using the address details provided in the entry form.

For group entries (for example, schools and Radius schemes), please complete the entry form using the school or scheme name.

Each participant can grow as many sunflowers from seed as they wish. You can share your sunflower's growth journey with us by emailing your photos to and we can share your progress snaps on our Sow & Grow Pinterest board.

Sponsorship Money

As part of this challenge, participants are encouraged to seek sponsorship for their sunflower(s) and record all donations* on their Sponsorship Form, which is also available to download on this page.

You can donate your sponsorship money directly to Air Ambulance NI via the Radius Housing JustGiving Page.

When adding your donation to the JustGiving page, please mark it as 'Sow & Grow Sunflower Challenge' – and your name as this will enable us to categorise all donations correctly.

To Make Donations Offline

For schools, Radius schemes and individual entries, if you would prefer to donate money using an offline method, contact with your details. We will get in touch with you to organise a suitable collection method.

Alternatively, please phone 0330 123 0888.

Submit Your Sunflower Photos

The Sunflower Challenge ends on Friday 15th September 2023.

Photographs of sunflower entries, clearly showing the measurement of either the height of the sunflower or the width of the seed head, should then be sent to for judging. Details of how to measure the height and width are contained within your leaflet or alternatively, you can download via this page.

All sunflower photographs and measurements must be received by 5 pm on Friday 29th September 2023. Entries received after this date will not be eligible for judging.

Winners will be notified by Radius Housing by Friday 10th November 2023.

Sunflower Challenge Terms & Conditions

Judging Process

The decision of the Judges over every instance shall be final and unchallengable and in their absolute discretion they may declare void any entry as they think fit. Judges shall have the right, at their discretion, to change the rules of a competition while it is running if it appears to them that it would be equitable or appropriate to do so, including the extension of the closing date whereupon there will be an announcement of any such extension at the first reasonable opportunity. No correspondence will be entered into or comment issued on any matters concerning any competition, and no reasons given for any decision made by the Judges.