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Brightwalton sunflower spectacular helps raise a smile - and cash for charities Macmillan and Retraining of Racehorses




A Brightwalton couple are bringing a smile to faces and raising some money for charity at the same time.

A blanket of yellow can be seen for miles after Dan Whidborne and Victoria Cartmel decided to plant a pick-your-own (PYO) sunflower field.

Mr Whidborne, whose family also own Saddleback Farm Shop, is more used to being an arable and beef cattle farmer. But this year he said they decided to help raise a smile after a tough 18 months of coronavirus lockdown across the country.

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Brightwalton Sunflowers -Victoria Cartmel and Dan Whidbourne.Ref: 37-2321. (51224656)

"My partner Victoria wanted to do it," he explained. "We did it to raise a bit of money for charity and to help put a smile on the faces of anyone who wants to come out to see it; to cheer up their day.

"It's the first year we have done this so we're hoping to improve it for next year and do pumpkins maybe as well."

Once the flowers are past their best they will be taken down and the seeds used as wild bird feed over the winter, with some being retained for replanting next year.

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Brightwalton Sunflowers .Ref: 37-2321. (51224654)

"They have grown really well, so we are quite happy," Mr Whidborne added. "We hoped it would have been earlier so the children could have come during the holidays.

"People are coming and saying they are taking some from here rather than cutting the ones in their own gardens."

The couple are also donating 10 per cent of all proceeds to charity.

The money raised will be split between two charities close to their hearts - Macmillan Cancer Support and Retraining of Racehorses (RoR).

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Brightwalton Sunflowers .Ref: 37-2321. (51224686)

The sunflowers cost £1 per stem, with refreshments also available. Dogs on leads are welcome too.

The sunflower field can be found just off the B4494 at Lilley. To find the field using what 3 words search for announced.eggs.tornado.

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Brightwalton Sunflowers -Victoria Cartmel and Dan Whidbourne.Ref: 37-2321. (51224671)
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Brightwalton Sunflowers .Ref: 37-2321. (51224678)
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Brightwalton Sunflowers .Ref: 37-2321. (51224692)
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