Eastwood supermarket gives away free sunflower seeds to help life bloom after lockdown
An Eastwood supermarket is giving away sunflower seeds to customers in an effort to spread hope and lift spirits after lockdown.
The sunflower seeds will be offered in packs of ten by checkout colleagues at Morrisons Eastwood after they have finished their shopping, and included with online orders.
Morrisons Eastwood community champion Becky Stanbridge will also be working with schools, care homes and community groups to distribute the packs and plant the seeds locally.
Becky said: “The ‘seeds of hope’ are an idea to help plant hope for a better future.
“I have made a table in store with bags for people to help themselves to, containing a packet of seeds, a pot to grow them in and compost.
“I have also produced diaries, fact sheets and colouring sheets to help children learn about sunflowers to support their education and development.”
The initiative aims to help customers plant hope for a brighter future as lockdown restrictions start to ease.
Residents can plant the seeds in pots at home and watch them grow into dwarf sunflowers, which will be between six and 14 inches tall.
They should be planted in a six-inch diameter pot at a depth of half an inch and will begin to sprout in two to five days.
David Potts, Morrisons CEO, explained: “This has been a very difficult year for our country and this winter has seemed especially dark and tough.
“So as spring arrives, and with Covid seemingly in retreat, we want to help celebrate the growing sense of national optimism by planting these sunflowers, representing the brighter and lighter times of hope ahead.”
To continue to spread messages of hope, Morrisons community champions have also launched the ‘Little Sunshine’ award, to recognise those who have gone above and beyond in their local community throughout the pandemic.
The Eastwood store will deliver ‘Little Sunshine’ certificates and gifts to dozens of children who have been nominated for their contribution to supporting the local community through the pandemic.