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Join the sunflower Gang

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Join the sunflower Gang

Join the sunflower Gang

Leigh Adams By Leigh Adams

The project aims to put smiles on peoples faces. Sunflowers make people smile. If I can engage an army of people to plant sunflowers, hopefully together we can genuinely make people smile this summer

Ealing Delivery stage

pledged of £982

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

Ealing residents, along with the rest of the UK are suffering mental health pressure due to the virus. Please help me make people smile again. Join the sunflower gang. Buy some sunflower seeds and plant them. Of course in your garden or even your window but be creative. Why not pot plant some and give them to friends? Consider the smile you can create by planting one for people queueing for their vaccination? Could you get permission to plant one outside your work place or the school you attend? Together, can we blanket the UK from the Highlands, through to the Midlands, Ealing London, Wales and even the Isle of Wight, in bright yellow sunflowers? Can we get people asking "where have all these sunflowers come from"? This fund raising will enable us to provide seeds, free of charge to schools and care homes, hospitals and vaccine centres. With your help, together we could create the largest living art installation in the UK this summer

What we'll deliver:

  • All funds will be used to buy sunflower seeds to be distributed to worthy recipients
  • I will try to engage a volunteer team to help as many people to participate and ultimately to smile
  • Together we will make people smile. Just think of the Sunflower Gang whenever you see one this summer
  • I will do my best to get someone at number 10 to plant a sunflower behind the PM's lecturn to aid a green recovery

Why it's a great idea:

Each person planting a sunflower will enjoy the nurturing process. Every time you see a sunflower, please smile, knowing it could be part of the project. It is an outside activity thus few restrictions. Nurturing a few plants either alone or with family, then chatting (outside at the suggested distance) about them may just help some individuals to re-engage with society? Sunflowers are good for the bees. Sunflower seeds are good for the birds. Growing a sunflower together with a child is a bonding exercise. Making granny smile, by planting one in her garden (possibly from behind a screen) is priceless. Bragging to your school friend that you have grown the tallest or most unusual will engage teenagers. If we can engage enough local people, we can reunite a local community. If we can engage local communities nationwide, we can create the largest living piece of temporary art, proving that by acting together we are powerful. The natural growing cycle could match the unlockdown?

Steps to get it done:

  • 1.4.21 First official seed planted
  • 1.4.21 Web site launch
  • 1.4.21 Social media campaign starts
  • ASAP A collaboration with a seed company
  • Reporting on how many seed packets delivered to worthy causes
  • Get £1000 from donations publicly or from companies or grants

Even if you can't afford a donation, please consider buying a packet of seeds for yourself and friends, so you are part of the project. Please consider passing on details of to friends and family. Please post pictures of sunflowers you see growing in unusual places this year on our FaceBook page. Please keep this project the fun it should be both as participants and recipients.


Location Ealing

About the space

Custom Location


London Borough of Ealing

How will the money be spent?Total £981

A social media expert or student - £250 (25%)
Sunflower Seeds - £250 (25%)
Admin assistant - £250 (25%)
Support if project grows significantly - £100 (10%)
Digital image creation x 1 (see the top of of pages) - £50 (5%)
Other - £81 (8%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

A social media expert or student
Sunflower Seeds
Admin assistant
Support if project grows significantly
Digital image creation x 1 (see the top of of pages)
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • All funds to be drive towards seeds and postage to worthy recipients

Total £981

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • The project truly needs the help of social media knowledge. To create smiles across the country, we really need people to plant Sunflower seeds before end June. Any social media support at any level will help - so everyone please
  • Someone with multiple contacts at schools and/or care homes or any worthy place where many may smile at sunflowers. Assuming crowdfunding allows us to provide seeds, we need a list of where to send them. And maybe the right words to go with the gift
  • A wordsmith who can create a few key messages that could be directed at appropriate organisations. How many company building managers can we encourage to seed the front of their buildings. Every smile they create could boost their staff's wellbeing.
  • A great networker please. Someone whose skills and contacts will allow this project to be maturing in the most inclusive places. Does anyone know the PM's gardener, so perhaps a sunflower behind the lecturn, maturing as the crisis wanes
  • The ears of someone at the road planning or gardening department of almost any council - or someone who knows how to make them all aware of the project and it's sole mission to make people smile. Every seed = 10 smiles or many more in a public space
  • Partners for the project. I have started it but this is meant to be a collaborative, inclusive project, to the point where I become invisible and the project itself is everyone helping each other to smile. Your ideas and drive
  • Sunflower seeds. I really want people who will plant some and perhaps provide local schools/homes/public spaces with seeds. Just do it and help us build the carpet of sunflowers - and let us know!.
  • Can you persuade your employer to let you plant a sunflower in the gardens or pot outside? Can you encourage them to give a packet of seeds to all colleagues to spread the smiles. Please let us know how many successful participants and installations
  • A third person independant adjudicator of the success we, together, achieve. If together we create 1 million smiles, just someone or company to verify the success or even keep a running total -even better if digital
  • A person whose skills include what platform may be best to collate what may be 1000s of great photos of sunflowers or the smiles they have engendered. Especially if we can use it to make even more people smile
  • Project Endorsement. We are all the face of this project. However is there someone or some entity that can help make this initiative even more powerful in making the country happier

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