Check out one Scottish farmer’s totally unique sunflower trail, which features more than 250,000 sunflowers.
After discovering that sunflowers could grow in the climates of Scotland, farmer Crawford Niven grew a quarter of a million sunflowers in a very interesting pattern.
An idea that first came about three years ago; he has been using this multitude of sunflowers to create incredible visions ever since.
The sunflower field on his farm, Gloagburn Farm, near Perth, Scotland, has brought in visitors from as far as Australia, keen to feast their eyes on the sunflower wonder.
Crawford Niven – a 26-year-old Scottish farmer
Crawford Niven is the Scottish farmer who first came up with the idea for his sunflower-lined pathway three years ago.
At first, the 26-year-old wasn’t sure how successful growing sunflowers in Scotland could be, saying, “I didn’t think they could grow in Scotland”.
However, his crop has been thriving every year since the project began, and Niven now has 13 acres of sunflowers. Visitors love to wander the trails on his estate, which houses sunflowers up to 7 ft (2.1 m) tall.
Niven said, “It offers a photo opportunity. People love it. We have people from all over”.
Scottish farmer grows 250,000 sunflowers in unique pattern – a funky sunflower trail
Last year, Niven decided to create the sunflower trail in the shape of Scotland. However, this year, he decided to go for a natural, more “random” pattern.
Niven predicts that this year’s sunflower trail, which usually lasts around four weeks, will be available for the remainder of the week.
When it comes to harvesting the seeds, Niven said, “The only thing we can’t do is harvest the seeds as Scotland doesn’t have enough sunlight towards the end of the summer”.
What you need to know – visit information, prices & tickets
The trail takes around 30 to 60 minutes to complete, and tickets start at £7.75. This provides admission to the field, walking trail, activities, and some wonderful photo opportunities.
Children 12 and under visit for free, and no ticket is required for their visit. Your booking will give you an hour and a half time slot to visit. The field is open between 9 am and 5 pm every day.
You can pick your own sunflowers for £1.20 each, five for £5, or ten sunflowers for £8. You can book a slot and get your tickets here.
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