Hope and Happiness Project

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Finding meaningful projects in these difficult times can be a challenge. So we asked Windsor businesses and local residents to have a go at growing bright, colourful and cheering sunflowers in their front gardens, flower boxes and outside shop entrances, to support each other as a symbol of optimism and faith, whilst boosting our community spirit.

Supported by Berkeley Homes, we were delighted to give local residents and business owners who registered their details, sunflower seeds and planters of ready-grown sunflower plants, we look forward to seeing your photos!


The Society, along with the support of Berkeley Homes, launched a picture competition as part of the project in conjunction with the Windsor Express, on who can snap the best picture of their home-grown sunflowers. Creativity will be key to the winning entry, from using props, unusual camera angles, to crafting collages, where the dwarf seeds expected to produce multiple flowerheads for a bold and bright display.

Entrants will have the opportunity to win National Garden gift vouchers worth up to £100.

Judges of the competition will include David Emmanuel, Vice President of the Society and the co-creator of Lady Diana Spencer’s wedding dress, Andrew Try, Chairman of RWRHS, and Lady Nicola Perowne.

The competition closed on September 10th, and the judges are now deciding on the winning entry. See our gallery of Sunflower photos below.

Hope and Happiness Competition Entries

All planted and ready for delivery

Bishopsgate School – Hope & Happiness

Entry from Bishopsgate School

Sir James and Lady Nicola Perowne

The President of the Society and Governor of Windsor Castle, Admiral Sir James Perowne, is one of the first people to get growing along with his wife Lady Nicola. He said, “The Society is thrilled to be launching this project with the generous support of Berkeley Homes. Growing sunflowers in our gardens, and as a community, will help all of our physical, mental and social wellbeing.”

Berkeley Homes, award winning national and local housebuilder, are proud supporters of The Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society’s Hope and Happiness Project.

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