The Ten Thousand Daffodils Design a Daffodil Competition invites groups from schools, youth groups, colleges, universities to create the glaze design for a large ceramic daffodil head.
The daffodil heads will be auctioned to support charities of the winner’s choice.
The competition is designed to encourage the use of nature as the source of inspiration for the glazing design and one that reflects students personal responses to the natural world or highlights some of the most pressing environmental issues.
Winners will be chosen from each category by a panel of judges who’ll consider the vision and creative use of the medium in the following areas.
Relevance to the theme
How the story is incorporated into the design
Each winning design will be glazed onto an outsized daffodil. These three daffodils will then be auctioned and the proceeds will go to a charity selected by the winning entry.
We welcome group/team entries for the following age ranges. This could include entries from schools, youth groups, colleges, universities etc.
5 years – 11 years
11 years – 16 years
16 years – 21 years
There will be one winner from each age range.
Glaze design submission must be made by February 28th 2023
Winners will be notified by 10 March 2023
Winners will be announced on 17 March 2023
Daffodils to be glazed late March/April 2023
Download the below documents and the two pdf documents including the sketches and dimensions of the daffodil
Together with your design please include no more than 250 words explaining the story of your design
Please select five colours to use for your design from this link. You do not have to buy the glazes. We will supply the glazes and may be able to come to you so that you can glaze the daffodil yourselves.
Send your design by email to email@example.com
Or alternatively send your design by post to
Design a Daffodil Competition
Andrea Brunsendorf, Head Gardener, Lowther Castle.
Andrea Brunsendorf is an international horticulturalist and joined Lowther Castle as head gardener in July 2022. Having trained at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and University College, London she has worked at gardens in South Africa, Germany, France, Botswana, Jerusalem, the UK and the United States.
Alan McViety, High Sheriff of Cumbria.
The role of High Sheriff though an ancient one is still relevant today. The aim is to promote and encourage the many inspirational people and organisations in Cumbria during this year of office.
The High Sheriff theme for 2022/23 is Youth Opportunities.
The last two years during the pandemic have been difficult for everyone but particularly so for students in education and those embarking on their careers. Alan’s focus is on both recreational activities and educational opportunities.