Sunflower seeds


A selection of sunflower seeds potted up at the Orchard Park Summer Fiesta. Can you spot yours?

Good luck with growing your plants, we look forward to the entries into the tallest sunflower competition.

For information on entering, look at:
and to see why sunflowers are good for wildlife:

OP Summer Fiesta – Wildlife Photo Competition Winner

bee on busway Amanda Colbran

Well done Amanda for winning the Wildlife Photography Competition with ‘Bee on the Busway’, and thank you to Scotsdales for donating a gift voucher given to Amanda as her prize. We hope you enjoyed planting sunflower seeds and decorating dishes for the birds. For tips on how to grow your sunflowers, and find out why they’re good for wildlife have a look at:

We look forward to receiving your entries for the tallest sunflower competition.

Two wildlife competitions launched!

Don’t forget to enter our competitions… there’s still time. At the OP Summer Fiesta on 27th July we’ll be announcing the photography competition winner. We’ve also got sunflower seeds and compost, as well as wildflower seeds which you can plant at the event and take away to put in your garden/window box. We look forward to seeing you there.


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sunflower competition

Yesterday we launched two competitions, it’s not too late to join the sunflower growing competition, if you plant this weekend and we get some sun, then there’s plenty of time. We also look forward to seeing the entries to the Orchard Park wildlife photography competition.

It’s not too late to join in. If you can’t get to a garden centre, please contact me for sunflower seeds, compost and biodegradable plant pots….

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All about butterflies

In readiness for the big butterfly count (19th July-10 August see:, a bit of info on these beautiful and delicate creatures. Click the link above to go to the British Butterfly website.

Did you know the average life span for British butterflies is around 2 weeks?

You can tell the difference between butterflies and day flying moths by the position of their wings when they’re resting. Generally butterflies have their wings together pointing upwards, whereas moths have their wings flatter on their backs.

Butterfly antennae look quite straight, moths have fringed antennae.

Click on the link to see a video of Chris Packham pointing out these differences: