Sunflowers take over Tarporley

Stay Sunny Tarps (c) Reanne Benson

Stay Sunny Tarps (c) Reanne Benson - Credit: Archant

A community initiative has ensured Tarporley has a bright summer.

Cheshire Life - September 2020 issue

Cheshire Life - September 2020 issue - Credit: Archant

Tarporley has been taken over by sunflowers this summer as part of a community wide initiative to bring some colour to the village in the age of lockdown.

The Stay Sunny Tarps campaign saw 3,500 sunflowers seeds gifted the local residents and an additional 350 seeds planted by volunteers around the village.

Now the villagers can see the fruits of their labours as the sunflowers hit their peak. Sunflower Central, a pop-up garden opposite the Old Fire Station Chocolate Shop, has been created by planting the seeds in recycled pallets and flooring from a local pub in the centre of the village, creating a bright sunflower garden.

While the campaign was set up by volunteers in response to the Covid-19 crisis, as the lockdown restrictions have been eased it has brought some more visitors to the village.

A number of households in the area have grown their own blooms in their gardens and yards and this culminated in the inaugural Tarporley Sunflower Celebration Day on August 1st.

There was a competition for the tallest sunflowers as well as an art project inspired by the sunflowers, which inspired almost 200 entries and will be showcased together as a mural in the village.

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Sadly, the sunflowers will only last another few weeks, so it’s the perfect excuse to take a day to Tarporley before the summer ends.

See more about the project on the Stay Sunny Tarps facebook page.

The sunflower field at Little Heath Farm makes the cover of our September issue.

Its features road accident survivor Colette Alderson, of Bowdon, who has a new life and career thanks to yoga. Here she is, pictured by Paddy Alderson, at one of the county’s most-visited summer hotspots.

You can read her story as well as some more photos of the field in the latest issue, on sale: 28th August