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Crewe Green sunflower trail marks two special anniversaries


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Ten years ago, Alex and Simon Lewis planted sunflowers on their farm in Crewe Green, around the time they got married.

This year, they felt it would be nice to plant some again for their 10 year anniversary, and with their two children Dexter and Penny now able to share in the experience.

As well as being their 10th wedding anniversary, this year also marks the 100th year that the Lewis family has been tenants on the Duchy of Lancaster-owned farm.

Alex told us: “We think it’s a pretty special place and decided very last minute to open up our beautiful sunflowers as a pollinator trail and share it with the public.”



She added: “We also saw it as an opportunity to fundraise and donate to two charities.

“Leighton NICU who we have everything to thank for, taking care of our two children at birth – Dexter born full term but who needed antibiotics and a week in an incubator, and our daughter Penny born very premature at 29 weeks and in the NICU for 52 days.

“They literally save lives and families every day.

“And our second charity – Friends of Haslington School – supports our local school in the village, where we expect most of our visitors to come from.”



The sunflowers have been planted around the perimeter of a maize field – all of which will be harvested using a forage harvester in the autumn ready to be used as livestock feed.

In total there is around a hectare of sunflowers at the Lewis’ farm.

Alex explained that they’ve opted for a hybrid variety – not giants, but still very tall in the sunnier parts of their field.

The adventure trail they’ve created will take visitors on a route that’s around 1km long, winding around and through the sunflowers and maize crop (which reaches almost 3.5 metres in parts!)

The narrow path allows visitors to immerse themselves in the field in a way they wouldn’t normally experience, and there are information sheets scattered along the route so visitors can learn about some of the crops and wildlife on the farm.



Alex said: “We encourage people to bring picnics and they can enjoy it on the route or in one of our picnic nooks.”

Sturdy footwear is encouraged, and long trousers and socks are recommended.

The uneven terrain and narrow parts of the trail mean it is unsuitable for buggies, prams and wheelchairs.


Prices and information

£10 per car (which includes a bunch if sunflowers to pick to take home – 8 stems). Further bunches priced at £5 each.

Visitors should bring their own secateurs.

There are no toilet facilities on site. No smoking, no dogs (due to livestock and game birds).

Address: Park Farm, Crewe Green, CW1 5UP.

Open: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in August (flower permitting).

Visit Crewe Green Sunflowers on Facebook for more information.


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