Sunflower Competition in memory of Tony King in support of the conflict with Ukraine

Osborne supported a local community in Winchester in launching a ‘Best and Tallest Sunflower’ competition. The event was in memory of Tony King, who was a treasured club member who historically organised the sunflower competitions. Tony’s family also attended and took part in the community-spirited Spring tradition. With the sunflower being a symbol of solidarity and hope for Ukraine, the community also generously donated the funds raised to those affected by the conflict.

Osborne Operative Stuart, joined by Harry our work placement student from Perin’s Community School, helped the Hyde Gate Coffee Club sheltered scheme residents plant their competition sunflowers.  We were pleased to donate all the stones, soil, compost, perlite and seeds, with the pots being recycled from void properties.

It was a sun filled day that brought together the community in memory of Tony and for the worthy cause of supporting those in the Ukrainian conflict. Winchester City Council Amber Russel also attended the event and enjoyed seeing how enthusiastically the residents supported this spring-themed event.

With the competition concluding in August, we are putting our green fingers to the test as we tender for our office sunflower! Judges will then decide who has the ‘Best and Tallest Sunflower’!

Monica, Member of Tenants and Council Together (TACT): ‘Thank you so much to you for organising today’s event which I and members were pleased with… thanks to Stuart and Harry for all their help, he is a credit to his family and school.’