The winner was Jerry Harman, whose tallest sunflower (of many, above) grew to 7ft 2ins.
It is seen here with his other sunflowers alongside a young neighbour, Onno van Kampen-Brooks, to demonstrate its height.
In second place, was Jon Denny whose sunflower (left) was only one inch smaller – 7ft 1in.
The children’s prize went to Onno van Kampen-Brooks (right), who started growing his a bit late!
Jerry Harman wins a £25 voucher from Wheelers. Watch out for next year’s Sunflower Growing Competition, when we will be celebrating the Bedford Park Festival’s 50th anniversary year (1967-2017).
For 50 years, the symbol of the Bedford Park Festival – as of Bedford Park itself – has been the sunflower. To celebrate 50 years of the Festival, this year and next, we revived the Sunflower Growing Competition that ran in the 1990s.