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Local farmer ‘says it with flowers’ to NHS workers

by Laura Johnston

Farmer, Olly Harrison has planted 35,000 sunflower seeds, across an acre of land to ultimately create 200ft high letters spelling ‘NHS’.

While the country faces one of its most challenging times in history, the Knowsley based farmer is expressing his gratitude by sowing the seeds to create a large-scale flower installation.

Universally known to bring joy and happiness, Sunflowers are symbolic of the sun. Olly Harrison said: “It’s simple really, as the country battles Coronavirus the NHS are making the whole country proud and I wanted to show my gratitude and say it with flowers. We won’t see the flowers in full bloom until later this summer but I hope it will be a beautiful and fitting tribute to the hundreds of thousands of NHS staff who have made huge sacrifices.”

Olly Harrison is one of many Knowsley residents who are showing their support, with communities across the borough rising to the challenge of supporting those in need during the Coronavirus crisis. Since the launch of Knowsley’s Community Support and Volunteer Line it has received more than 3,000 calls, with the majority coming from individuals / businesses offering support or signing up to volunteer.

Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, Cllr Shelley Powell, said: “Despite being socially distanced from one another, we are still seeing amazing examples of Knowsley Better Together where communities are coming together and supporting one another. The NHS, along with key workers, are doing a brilliant job as they continue to respond to the Coronavirus outbreak and Farmer Olly’s beautiful show of support will bring a smile to the faces of all our residents. I can’t wait to see them when they’re in full bloom.”

Residents can watch the progress of the Sunflowers project by following Knowsley Council on social media Facebook, Twitter  & Instagram as well as from Farmer Harrison’s own social media account. Examples of further positive work being done across the borough can also be found at www.knowsleynews.co.uk