sunflower love

Earlier this year Guy decided to plant thousands of sunflower seeds on his Vendéen French farm, in the hope of making his own organic sunflower oil. A few months later and the farm became a spectacle with 2 hectares of glowing yellow fields. Whilst watching the wildlife thrive off the sunflowers, Guy decided he wanted to give them away in the boxes, to feed British birds!

Here you can see a selection of the fantastic photos we’ve had sent in. We’re thrilled with the response and although it seems some people have struggled with pesky squirrels and seagulls, we are delighted that so many animals (including hamsters and chickens!) have enjoyed Guy’s gift.

We also donated sunflowers to Paignton Zoo, Shaldon Wildlife Trust, the RSPB and the Monkey Sanctuary in Looe. Zoo keepers say it’s a great enrichment activity for the animals as it challenges them with their food and they have to focus on picking out the seeds. Keep your eyes peeled for cheeky monkey photos.

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20 responses to “sunflower love

  1. I didn’t get one with my box! =(

    • Hi Rhea, sorry to hear you didn’t receive a sunflower. Our initial intention was to give the sunflowers away in every box, but the crop wasn’t as large as hoped. The french birds had been very busy among the crop and nibbled more than we thought! As a result we were only able to put them in some of the boxes.

  2. I didn’t get one either?

    • Hi Sue, sorry to hear you didn’t receive a sunflower. Our initial intention was to give the sunflowers away in every box, but the crop wasn’t as large as hoped. The french birds had been very busy among the crop and nibbled more than we thought! As a result we were only able to put them in some of the boxes.

  3. Please may I have one?

    • Hi Maggia, sorry to hear you didn’t receive a sunflower. Our initial intention was to give the sunflowers away in every box, but the crop wasn’t as large as hoped. The french birds had been very busy among the crop and nibbled more than we thought! As a result we were only able to put them in some of the boxes.

  4. I didn’t get one either. They look great.

    • Hi Lesley, sorry to hear you didn’t receive a sunflower. Our initial intention was to give the sunflowers away in every box, but the crop wasn’t as large as hoped. The french birds had been very busy among the crop and nibbled more than we thought! As a result we were only able to put them in some of the boxes.

  5. Elizabeth Daly-Jones

    Hi There,

    I would love to have one too please.

    Elizabeth

    • Hi Elizabeth, sorry to hear you didn’t receive a sunflower. Our initial intention was to give the sunflowers away in every box, but the crop wasn’t as large as hoped. The french birds had been very busy among the crop and nibbled more than we thought! As a result we were only able to put them in some of the boxes.

  6. maggie wolfendale

    No photo I’m afraid but the birds have loved your gift and we have sparrows back in the garden! They’ve become something of a rare sight in recent years. Many thanks for letting us participate in that lovely random act of kindness. 🙂

  7. I didn’t get one in my box either – is it too late?

    • Hi Liz, sorry to hear you didn’t receive a sunflower. Our initial intention was to give the sunflowers away in every box, but the crop wasn’t as large as hoped. The french birds had been very busy among the crop and nibbled more than we thought! As a result we were only able to put them in some of the boxes.

  8. Hi,

    Loved the gift of the sunflower. Really excited and hung it near the peanut feeder and nyjer seed holder, camera all ready, the next morning lo and behold just the twine left! Think a pesky squirrel must have had it away.

    Mary

  9. If not too late please can I have a sunflower, thank you.

    • Hi Jeanette, sorry to hear you didn’t receive a sunflower. Our initial intention was to give the sunflowers away in every box, but the crop wasn’t as large as hoped. The french birds had been very busy among the crop and nibbled more than we thought! As a result we were only able to put them in some of the boxes.

  10. I tried to grow sunflowers myself last Summer, I have to say it certainly brought a lot of wildlife into the garden! This was also probably my most successful ‘green finger’ experiment as I normally manage to kill off everything quickly. Nice to see the crop was given away to worthy causes!

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