Girlguiding Retford’s sunflower growing project

by | 3 June 2021 | Children's Group, Retford

Girlguiding Retford have partnered with Co-op Funeralcare Retford in a project to grow some sunflowers and hopefully some new volunteers too. Special kits have been prepared for each girl to grow their very own sunflower.
When local volunteer Jane Cozens got the call to collect them, she was blown away by the tremendous generosity and effort that had gone into providing these kits. Even the poem on the pack had been handwritten especially for them. “I can’t thank our friends at Co-op Funeral Care Retford enough,” she said. “We are so lucky to have their support. When they contacted us, to ask if we wanted to take part in a sunflower growing competition, I never dreamt for one minute they would do all this for us.”
The team at the Co-op had been busy over the last few weeks preparing special growing kits for the girls to use. Each pack contains

  • 1 x small plastic cup
  • 1 x small bag of compost
  • 3 x sunflower seeds in a packet
  • 1 x set of growing instructions
  • (and 1 x little bag of Haribo sweets)

Co-op colleagues Emma, Karen and Maria said: “We had so much fun putting these together for you. We really enjoyed doing it. It was fun.”
The growing packs are currently being distributed to everyone. Each girl will get their own kit and are being asked to keep a record of how well their flowers are doing. Girlguiding Retford hope to share their growing success on their Facebook page,, with regular updates.
As well as growing sunflowers, Girlguiding Retford would like to grow their volunteer team too. With the demand for places for girls / young women increasing, they need more volunteers to come forward to continue to offer opportunities and experiences for girls to be themselves, have fun, grow in confidence, make new friends, gain new skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. And they need your help. Anyone can volunteer and everyone is welcome. You don’t need any specialist skills / training.
There are a variety of roles available depending on whether you want to work with girls directly in person, online or in a support role behind the scenes. They will find you a role that’s flexible to suit the time you can give. And it’s not just the girls who benefit. It’s proven that there are health and wellbeing benefits to volunteers too. A sense of doing something positive, giving something back, with opportunities to learn new skills and make new friends too. To find out more please visit their website and register your interest –
Girlguiding Retford run groups for Rainbows (five to seven years), Brownies (seven to 10 years), Guides (10 to 14 years) and Rangers (14 to 18 years). They have groups located in and around Retford, both in the town itself and in the villages. They look forward to hearing from you welcoming you to their tea