Grow Wild launches UK's biggest ever wild flower sowing campaign with Countryfile
In March and April, Grow Wild teamed up with BBC Countryfile to give away thousands of packets of seeds to inspire people to get sowing native wild flowers..As well as the huge free seed giveaway there was a series of exclusive events to celebrate this huge boost to growing UK native wild flowers.
Countryfile free seed giveaway
On BBC One’s Countryfile on Sunday 6 April at 7pm show presenter Ellie Harrison discussed how to get sowing and growing at her Gloucestershire home. She visited Kew and Wakehurst Place to find out more about why wild flowers matter from Kew experts Kate Hardwick, Ted Chapman and Monique Simmonds. We also gave away tens of thousands of free packets of seeds as part of the programme, giving viewers the chance to revamp their gardens with beautiful wildflowers.
Neon Jungle's rooftop garden gig
On the same day chart-topping female four-piece Neon Jungle headlined an exclusive rooftop gig in a top secret London venue, hosted by BBC Radio 1 Presenter Gemma Cairney. The event, for Grow Wild competition winners and their friends, offered a unique chance to meet the band and catch a sneak preview of their new single in a specially styled venue, a cool urban rooftop with gorgeous wild flowers.
Guerrilla gardening sessions
On Thursday 10 April the campaign continued at guerrilla gardener Richard Reynolds’ Elephant and Castle Mobile Garden HQ where garden bloggers and writers got a hands-on session to learn more about Grow Wild at a special seeding event.
What's the Grow Wild project all about?
Grow Wild has already sent out tens of thousands of seed kits to groups around the UK and awarded funding to almost 80 exciting community projects. We’re also going to be creating stunning flagship sites that people will love and use.The final shortlist for the English flagship site will be announced in August 2014, to be put to the public vote in autumn, so they can choose where they want this amazing space to be created. Further community site funding will be available in 2015, and flagship projects for Wales and Northern Ireland launched.
Funded by the Big Lottery Fund and led by the RBG Kew, Grow Wild is a mass participation programme running until 2017. We want to get together to encourage people to get together to transform unloved spaces, gardens and windowsills into wildlife-friendly wild flower patches.
Follow the Grow Wild campaign
Find out more about the programme – and keep updated on the campaign - at growwilduk.com. You can also follow on Twitter @GrowWildUK and at facebook.com/growwilduk.