Sunflower trail ‘spreading little happiness’ across Torbay

Eight-year-old Lucy Rose from Chelston prepares her sunflower seeds

Eight-year-old Lucy Rose from Chelston prepares her sunflower seeds - Credit: Archant

A group set up to spread a little bit of happiness across Torbay has attracted more than 530 members in the first ten days.

Sunflower growing kits have been distributed to 400 households, and plenty more people have sourced their own and started growing with the aim of having bright blooms in gardens, patios and driveways to put smiles on the faces of people on their daily lockdown walks.

Community builder Dan Best and Natasha Talbot from the Positive People peer development programme have set up the Torbay Sunflower Trail through the Our Space project at the Acorn Centre in Torquay.

As the plants develop, growers are asked to make sure it is placed somewhere that it can be seen by everyone.

'We just wanted to do something positive amid everything else that is going on, we wanted to grow sunflowers and connections across Torbay, to make people smile,' said Natasha, a community enabler.

'We couldn't invite people to the garden at the Acorn Centre, so we thought it would be nice to take the garden to them,' she added.

An appeal through Facebook by fellow community builder Tara Acton led to dozens of volunteers coming forward to put the kits together and deliver them to homes across the Bay.

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'It has really caught the imagination,' said Dan 'Everyone wanted to get involved, and lots of people came forward to make it happen.'

Although the results won't be seen for several months, the intention is to create a map of where all the plants are, so that others can create their own trails to see them.

Although all the seeds have been given away if you want to join the trail go to Torbay Sunflower Trail page on Facebook where some people are offering to give away plants that have already been started.