Issued: 24 September 2020

A photograph of sunflowers in full bloom with a blue sky in the background

There are just days left for green-fingered children across West Devon and South Hams to take part in a creative challenge 'Let's Spread Some Sunshine' - a colourful competition launched by South Hams District and West Devon Borough Councils and their waste and recycling partner, FCC Environment.

Throughout the COVID-19 lockdown, FCC Environment's waste and recycling crews have been overwhelmed by the support and warmth received from the local community. As bin collections continued to protect public health and keep the South Hams and West Devon areas going, children and adults across the region left heartfelt messages and drawings of goodwill on the bins, showing their gratitude to these key workers.

With the 30 September deadline now approaching, South Hams District and West Devon Borough Councils, along with FCC Environment, have put the call out for final entries - and one lucky winner will scoop a £100 voucher for their efforts.

Commenting on the scheme, FCC Environment's Area Manager Mike Stass said: "We have been delighted to see the creative effort that local children have been putting into this competition. It's been heart-warming to see young people rolling up their sleeves to spend time outside and enjoy growing their sunflowers over the summer.

"The global pandemic and lockdown have been difficult times for all, but a silver lining is that our communities have become even closer, helping each other to get through these unprecedented times. Local people in South Hams and West Devon have always been kind to our bin crews but the support and goodwill during lockdown has been truly exceptional. 'Let's Spread Some Sunshine' is our small way of showing our gratitude. We hope more children participate for a chance to win £100 as well as to show the great local community spirit."

Councillor Caroline Mott, West Devon Borough Council's Lead Member for the Environment said: "Sunflowers really do make you smile when you see them and after the last difficult few months, this has been a lovely diversion for our younger residents to get involved with.

"If you haven't yet entered the competition, do apply before the deadline which is fast approaching. I'm really looking forward to hearing about those who have joined in with this lovely sunny campaign."

South Hams District Council's Cllr Keith Baldry, Executive Member for Environment said: "There are still a few days to send in your sunflower photographs for this competition so do this quickly to be in with a chance of winning a £100 voucher. This competition has really brightened the lives of South Hams' children who have participated over the summer."

Email Sunflowers.WDSH@fccenvironment.co.uk for details of Let's Spread Some Sunshine. The competition closes on 30 September 2020.