Caroline Haslett retains soaring sunflower record

Pupils at Caroline Haslett celebrate their sunflower win
Pupils at Caroline Haslett celebrate their sunflower win

A CITY primary school in Shenley Lodge has triumphed for the second year running in The Parks Trust’s annual search for Milton Keynes’ tallest sunflower.

Caroline Haslett Primary School won the 2011 competition with the tallest ever sunflower recorded, but this year’s effort, at an enormous 4.47m, managed to top that.

Primary and secondary schools in Milton Keynes were given some sunflower seeds to grow their own plants and asked to measure them weekly to see which school managed to grow the tallest one.

The runners up were Tickford Park Primary School with a sunflower measuring 3.50 metres, while third place went to Newton Blossomville CofE School for their 3.44 metre sunflower.

Education Coordinator at The Parks Trust, Nicky Saunders, said: “Caroline Haslett Primary School is really on a winning streak and their achievement is amazing as the unsettled weather this year has made it a difficult one for growing sunflowers.

“All our schools have done incredibly well.”

The winning school was awarded a variety of wildlife prizes, including a bird box with a digital camera. They also got to retain a specially commissioned trophy painting of a sunflower for another year.

Headteacher at Caroline Haslett, Ian Fergus, said: “We are delighted to have repeated our success of last year. We are hoping to further develop our outdoor learning environment and the prizes will help us towards achieving this improvement.

“The children are thrilled to have won again.”

The competition was supported by Sutton’s Seeds through the donation of sunflower seeds and Reflections on Learning which provided the wildlife gardening prizes.

Nicky said: “Sutton’s Seeds and Reflections on Learning provide free seeds and prizes every year for the competition and we’re very grateful for their generosity.

“By entering the competition schools can learn about nature in a fun, hands-on way and children can see how satisfying it is to nurture something from seed.”