Plant A Flower Day

Mountbatten Hampshire encouraged everyone in Southampton and west Hampshire to spread a little sunshine and happiness this spring by taking part in ‘Plant A Flower’ Day on Friday 12 March.

Over 3,876 seeds were given out to raise awareness of Mountbatten Hampshire and bring some positivity to the community.

Thank you to Haskins for kindly donated the sunflower seeds.

We spoke with Kathryn (outdoor manager at Haskins) who kindly gave the following top planting tip.

A 10cm pot filled with multipurpose compost will be fine with a bit of drainage at the bottom, small stones, or some polystyrene. Make a little hole with their finger about 2cm down and pop the seed in there, does not matter which way up, then fill the hole over.

 Put in a bright location and watch the magic happen. Once the plant is about 5 -10cm tall plant it outside in full sun. Or a large plant pot, 1ft x 1ft, will be fine if they don't have a garden

 Corin Ball, from the Fundraising Team at Mountbatten Hampshire, says: “I’ve been bowled over by the support we’ve received from the local community.   Schools, voluntary groups and individuals have all wanted to get involved.

 “The aim of Plant A Flower Day is to flood Hedge End, Romsey, Botley, West End, Eastleigh, Hamble, Winchester, Southampton, and West Hampshire with a sea of sunshine bringing happiness to what has been a challenging time for everyone.  If you are not able to grow sunflowers you might like to draw or paint them to display in a window.”

 Mountbatten Hampshire covers the Southampton and west Hampshire area including Hedge End, Romsey, Botley, West End, Eastleigh, Hamble and Winchester.   The Hospice at West End provides 24/7 care to 300 patients each year in the 21-bed Inpatient Unit, with a further 800 patients and families being supported across the area in their homes by the Community Team.

 Corin continued: “I’m looking forward to seeing the picture of lots of flowers including the sunflowers associated with Mountbatten Hampshire.  It is great having something new to talk about and an excuse to get out in the garden to enjoy some fresh air!   Join in with your family, community members, friends, neighbours, pupils, and staff - in your garden or at the allotment for some friendly competition and nurture your sunflowers so that they are the tallest and brightest!”

Many thanks to those that took part in Plant A Flower Day including;

  • Botley C of E Primary School
  • Kings School Winchester
  • Stoke Park Junior School
  • Tesco Bursledon
  • Bursledon Windmill, Eastleigh Museum and Westbury Manor Museum (Fareham) Hampshire Cultural Trust
  • Close Wood Air Conditioning

There is still time to take part for your free packet of sunflower seeds contact Corin Ball at Mountbatten Hampshire on 02382 548803 or e-mail [email protected]

You can share photos and your stories with us at Mountbatten Hampshire.

Other ways to get involved 

Dedicate a virtual sunflower in memory of someone special - Remember a loved one by dedicating a sunflower in their memory in our online field of memories  Here

Arts and Crafts If you are not able to grow sunflowers, would you like to draw or paint them?  We love to display pictures from our amazing supporters to brighten up the Hospice and share sunshine with our patients and staff OR pop them in your window on display at home to share your happiness with passers-by.

COVID Secure Sunflower Growing

When growing your sunflower(s) please adhere to government guidelines around COVID-19 (

Thank you so much for supporting Mountbatten Hampshire, let’s start growing some happiness! 


Corin Ball 

Campaigns and Community Fundraiser

02382 548803

[email protected]