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Grow Wild launches UK's biggest ever wild flower sowing campaign with Countryfile

Due to unprecedented demand the Countryfile seed offer has now CLOSED.

Photo of Ellie Harrison

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.

Grow Wild: Flowers to the People and Kew, Royal Botanic Gardens, Big Lottery fund, Lottery fund

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.

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Comments

18 July 2014
I have just discovered I have lots of corn cockles grown from my free wild flower seeds from bbc country file, lovely as they look I have now read that they are highly toxic and had I known I would not have planted them, this is very negligent on someone's part, no where on the packet was there any warning!!, how many other people have grown this flower not knowing how dangerous they are to humans and animals.
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17 July 2014
Your seeds are wonderful.....but am I right in saying that they include corn-cockles? If so....and they DO look wonderful.....I've just discovered they are terribly poisonous. If children are involved in your campaign - well, adults as well - there should be a HUGE warning to everyone!
14 April 2014
ahh - UPDATE: Due to the fantastically high demand, sign up for free Countryfile Grow Wild seeds has now closed.
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14 April 2014
So how do you go about applying for the wild flower seeds???
14 April 2014
I would love free seeds thank u
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14 April 2014
I would like to receive a packet of wild seeds as shown on Countryfile 13th.April 2014.
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13 April 2014
i live in gloucestershire, and growing a wild garden, can i have some wild seeds please thankyou x
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12 April 2014
Please would love some seeds
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8 April 2014
How do we get the seeds??????
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7 April 2014
can I have some free seeds please.
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7 April 2014
Hi - thanks for your comments. You can get Grow Wild seeds by going to this page and registering - https://www.growwilduk.com/register-free-countryfile-grow-wild-seeds.
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6 April 2014
I am a Brownie Guide Leader from 2nd Barkham Brownies, Wokingham, Berkshire. I would like to obtain 24 packets of wildflower seeds for my Brownies to plant as part of their 'out & about" badge. would this be possible? Wa11banks@icloud.com
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6 April 2014
can i have some free seeds please
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