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Blooming great result for horticulture group as sunflower field in full flower

'Service users, staff and visitors to the site have enjoyed watching the sunflowers grow'

A field of sunflowers planted by service users in the Southern Health Trust is now in full bloom, with bunches on sale to the general public.

The Day Opportunities horticulture group began the project earlier this year at its Bannvale site in Gilford.

The Day Opportunities service is a package of community-based day time activities for adults with a learning, physical and/or sensory disability, or a brain injury.

Its horticulture group provides individuals with practical skills and experience in planting, working the land, sowing seeds, plant identification, weeding and propagation.

The group also sells seasonal pieces such as Christmas wreaths, hanging baskets, window boxes and is currently growing pumpkins for Halloween.

The aim of the horticulture activities is to improve mental and physical wellbeing and promote independence and quality of life.

A trust spokesperson said: “Service users, staff and visitors to the site have enjoyed watching the sunflowers grow and the field is now in bloom and sunflowers are ready for harvesting.

“The Day Opportunities team wish to pass on their thanks to our senior management team and our estates service for supporting the vision for this project and enhancing service user skills and learning experience.”

Bunches of sunflowers are available to purchase by contacting Day Opportunities on 028 375 66699 or calling into the office at 10 Moyallen Road, Gilford, Monday to Friday 9am – 4.30pm.

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