The Story of the Sunflower
It’s important to us to develop relationships with the people in our local communities and most recently we’ve been visiting local school children to help them understand the meaning of the yellow sunflower sticker.
As part of a community initiative, we invited children from local schools in Warton, Manchester and Stockton-on-Tees, to take part in a special sunflower planting competition.
As we helped children from Year 3, 4 and 5 plant their seeds, we explained what the sunflower stickers they might see in the windows of Countryside sales offices and show homes mean. They are there to let people with hidden disabilities know that extra support can be provided should they require it.
The children have now taken their sunflowers home to grow, and the tallest sunflower will be proudly displayed in the garden outside the sales office at Millbank Lock, Beaumont Green and in the new showhome gardens at Siskin Park.
Diane Furlong, Headteacher at Our Lady of Lourdes RC Primary School, said: “Our Year 3 children enjoyed the experience of planting sunflower seeds with members of the Countryside team. They cannot wait to see which one will grow the tallest. They also learnt about the important meaning of a sunflower to indicate a hidden disability. This is something they will now start to look out for.”