Llangennech pupil Gwennan Willmett hopes to challenge world record after growing enormous sunflower
A GREEN-FINGERED youngster is hoping to challenge a world record for the tallest sunflower ever.
Gwennan Willmett has been nurturing her project for the last four weeks.
The seven-year-old was given a sunflower seed from Llangennech infants school a few days before breaking up for the six-week holiday.
And after carefully looking after the plant, with the help of sister Llinos, 8, the flower has grown to an impressive 12 feet.
Mum Angharad, who works as a police officer, said she could not believe how big the plant had grown.
She said: "Gwennan brought one seed home — I don't know how it survived coming home from school because the wind was blowing.
"I think it's because of the hot weather."
And Gwennan — who is going into Year 3 at Llangennech junior school in September, said: "In school I planted a sunflower seed, when I brought it home a couple of days before the school holidays it was no higher than 12cm.
"I planted it in the back garden with dad's help and watered it regularly with my sister Llinos and its now over 11 feet tall.
"We have grown sunflowers before but this one is by far the tallest we've ever grown."
Angharad said Gwennan and dad Anthony were both keen gardeners.
"They weeded all the garden," she said.
"I came home from work and her nails were black."
And after researching on the internet, the family found the tallest ever grown had been 26 feet.
Angharad said next year, they were hoping to plant all the seeds which will come from the flower's enormous head.
"The head is getting big," she said.
"It's almost double the span of my hand. There's a good stock of seeds.
"We need a bit more sunshine. With the rain the petals are drooping a bit."