Sowing the seeds of togetherness

Just Regional
Apr 30, 2020 2 mins read

Norfolk Police is hoping to spread some positivity and happiness through these difficult days of lockdown and brighten up the gardens on their officers’ beats.

Working together with the East of England Ambulance Service, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and other public service partners, the force wants to say “thank you” to everyone who has stayed at home and showed solidarity to all emergency services and key workers.

To join in, everyone is being encouraged to display sunflowers in their windows which can be drawn, painted, knitted, or created in any other way. In return, homes which are seen displaying their sunflowers by officers on shift or patrol, will receive sunflower seeds through the door which can then be planted – with a beautiful sunflower to look forward to at the end.

The Norfolk force has been supplied with 10,000 packets of seeds from Woodgate Nursery, in Aylsham.

Sunflowers are being displayed and planted to show support for the emergency services, who are replying to the kindness by handing out sunflower seeds. Photo: Ulrike Leone

Assistant Chief Constable Julie Wvendth said: “We want to be able to say, ‘thank you’ and spread some happiness during this difficult time of lockdown. Therefore, we are inviting the community to create sunflowers which they can display alongside their rainbows as a symbol hope for the future and something to look forward to.

“The idea is for people to sow their seeds and watch their sunflowers grow – just as we are working together as a community now by staying at home to help others have a brighter future. The sunflowers are a way of showing your support to the blue light services and other key workers, who are working together to help protect and support the NHS during these unprecedented times.”

Andrew Barlow, East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) community response manager said: “This is literally the community planting seeds for a sunnier future, and we would also like to ‘plant some seeds’ to grow the next generation of volunteer CFRs and Specials.”

Please share your Sunflower creations on social media @NorfolkPolice #SowTheSeedsForABrighterFuture #StayHomeStaySafe #ProtectTheNHS

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