Viglen launches sunflower competition

Viglen has announced that it will be launching the See IT Grow competition for UK-based primary and secondary schools.

Across spring and summer 2010, Viglen will be nurturing some of the country's budding young gardeners to think big by hosting a competition to grow the UK's largest sunflowers.

The See IT Grow competition is open to every primary and secondary school in the UK, both state-funded and private, and has two categories:
to grow the tallest sunflower
to grow the sunflower with the largest head diameter

Schools can register at

Various prizes will be up for grabs including Toshiba, Microsoft and Viglen branded items. Smaller prizes will be awarded throughout the spring and summer culminating in a grand prize for the leading primary and secondary school in each category – a total of four national winners.

Across five months schools will go head-to-head, sowing their sunflower seeds provided by Viglen in late March and regularly monitoring progress, updating a special website enabling them to show off not only their ICT skills but also their horticultural prowess.

Commenting on the See IT Grow competition, Bordan Tkachuk, chief executive of Viglen, said: “The See IT Grow competition is a hugely exciting project for engaging pupils and teachers alike. It is also an opportunity for cross curricular and mobile ICT to truly be a part of schools participation. I’m looking forward to seeing many schools taking part and I wish all who do the very best of luck."