Chesterfield’s digital flower festival – Grow and Tell

Written by on 7 June 2020

Chesterfield Borough Council is encouraging residents to share pictures of gardens, wildlife and wildflowers they spot around the borough in order to help create a digital flower festival.

The virtual festival, Grow and Tell, aims to collect images from around the borough in June and July that show off some of the colourful flower displays created by residents, as well as wildflowers and wildlife from across the borough’s many green spaces. Residents are also asked to share some of the stories behind the photographs.

Councillor Jill Mannion-Brunt, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “With the cancellation of Britain in Bloom, Grow and Tell is a chance for us all to show how marvellous Chesterfield looks at this time of year. I hope lots of people will send pictures of all the hard work they’ve done during lockdown in their gardens and pictures of the unusual flowers they have spotted whilst exploring the borough.”

All the images and accompanying messages that are sent in will be placed in a special gallery on the council’s website and Facebook page for anyone to view whenever they need a splash of colour and inspiration.

In order to share your pictures for Grow and Tell please send them to or send them via a message on Facebook at or on Twitter at

Find out more and view the gallery here:

Chesterfield’s Still Blooming – Reminder of the sunflower competition

In addition to the digital flower festival Chesterfield Borough Council is holding a competition to find the borough’s best sunflowers, with garden centre vouchers on offer as prizes for the winners. The competition was launched on 14 May 2020.

There are three categories:

1. Tallest sunflower – from the top of the soil to the top of the flower. (Please make sure your picture is next to a tape measure)

2. Sunflower with the largest flower head based on diameter or width. (Please include a photo next to a ruler or tape measure).

3. Sunflower plant with the most flower heads. (Please try to make sure all flower heads are visible in your photo).

To enter please send a picture of your sunflower, stating your name and the category you want to enter

Chesterfield’s Still Blooming will run until Wednesday 30 September 2020. Winners will be given a special certificate and vouchers that can be used at garden centres.

The council will announce the winners on social media and share some of the best pictures from the competition. You can follow the council on Facebook here: and Twitter here:

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