£120,000 on offer to create an inspiring green space using UK native plants

These special Grow Wild projects are one part of the overall UK campaign that aims to inspire three million people to take direct action for UK native wild flowers and get outside in their local communities

The second phase of a £10.5m campaign to bring people and communities together to sow, grow and support UK native wild flowers is underway. Grow Wild inspires people to get together to transform unloved urban sites into wildlife-friendly wild flower patches reconnecting them with the outdoors and with each other.

Kew Gardens and the Big Lottery Fund are looking for people in England to nominate a project aimed at transforming an unloved or neglected site, particularly in urban areas, to receive funding from Grow Wild. The winning site will receive £120,000 to create an inspiring green space using UK native plants. The first Grow Wild site in the UK was announced earlier this month – won by the Waterworks project in Barrhead, Scotland. Nominations for English sites can be made via the Grow Wild website at growwilduk.com. The closing date for nominations is 14 February 2014.

A shortlist of four sites across England will be announced in August 2014. Each site will receive £4,000 to develop their proposal in preparation for a public vote. Following the voting campaign, the winning site will be announced in October 2014. The sites will be ready for planting in spring 2015 and the blooming of the flowers in the summer of 2015 will mark the transformation of the sites.

These special Grow Wild projects are one part of the overall UK campaign that aims to inspire three million people to take direct action for UK native wild flowers and get outside in their local communities. Over the next three years, 250,000 seed-sowing kits and over 750,000 individual packs of wild flower seeds will be distributed through Grow Wild partners

The Scottish flagship project was the first to go ahead in the UK. Sites in Wales and Ireland will follow in 2015 and 2016.

Gay Coley, Director of Public Programmes for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew said: “We’re looking for sites across England that can be transformed using UK native plants to create inspiring natural places for people and wildlife. We saw in Scotland how inventive and committed people can be in developing great plans to transform unloved areas. Grow Wild’s Scottish flagship site at Barrhead – a former sewage works – is a fantastic example of this.

“As well as giving unloved areas a new lease of life in a creative way, we want to encourage people to re-engage with the outdoors, taking the time to learn about nature and our environment as well as reaping the benefits that time spent outdoors with other people offers to both physical and mental health.”

The picture is of the winners of the first Grow Wild site in the UK– won by the Waterworks project in Barrhead, Scotland, earlier in November.

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Grow Wild is a dynamic £10.5m campaign to bring people and communities together to sow, grow and support UK native wild flowers. Funded by the Big Lottery Fund and led by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Grow Wild aims to inspire people to get together to transform unloved urban sites, gardens and windowsills into wildlife-friendly wild flower patches

Visit www.growwilduk.com

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew - more info at www.kew.org

Big Lottery Fund, its programmes and awards are available at www.biglotteryfund.org.uk

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