CHILDREN are being called on to take part in a new creative challenge during lockdown.

Artistic and green-fingered children across Barrow are being urged to take part in ‘Let’s Spread Some Sunshine' – a colourful competition launched by Barrow Borough Council and its waste and recycling partner FCC Environment.

Children are being encouraged to pick up their pens, pencils, crayons and paints to make more colourful pictures for their local bin and street cleansing crews.

In return they will receive sunflower seeds that they can grow to bring a splash of colour and join in with the fun competition during the lockdown.

FCC is sharing a drawing for children to colour in.

Children can also draw their own picture and leave on their bin on the next collection day.

The bin crew will leave a packet of seeds for the children to grow as part of a community-wide competition to grow the tallest sunflower. The winner with the tallest sunflower will be awarded with a £100 voucher for a family day out.

FCC Environment’s contract manager Chris Geenwood said: “We are delighted to kick off this contest for children and residents of Barrow.

"For the last month or so, our team has received an overwhelming number of warm messages and good wishes from the community.

"It is now our turn to share the support during this difficult time. We are grateful for this opportunity to engage with the community we work in further and we look forward to seeing the drawings and enjoying the sunflowers.

“I’d also like to say a special thank you to Sinkfall Recycling for kindly donating around 58,000 seeds to this fantastic initiative.”

The post is available to download online, print off and colour in.

See for 'Let's Spread Some Sunshine.