Grow Wild Wales Spring/Summer update

It has been a busy few months in Wales – all the 2015 projects are up and running and there’s still plenty of activity from 2014 projects.

The community standing next to their Grow Wild project 2015 projects are spread right across the country from Canton Grows Wild in the south to Poppy Tales in Colwyn Bay on the north coast, both of which have already held big community events.

Heart Of in Colwyn Bay have worked with a local youth club and the Young People’s Laureate for Wales Martin Daws to produce a fantastic poem inspired by wild flowers. Here’s a little extract: 

You gotta open your eyes

Let the light in 

Look for nature 

Look for the beautiful horizon 

Lifted to the sky

Meanwhile Canton Community Gardens (pictured above) have been getting locals young and old involved every Saturday morning and the results are spectacular. 

There’s lots of artistic goings-on at Grow Wild projects this year. On 28 June The Unknown Theatre Company staged an hour-long musical, entitled Wild. It was performed throughout the streets of central Cardiff in an area called Adamsdown and finished with a tea party in Adamsdown Community Garden.

The Grow Wild Wales family walking together
I’m thrilled that a bevy of 2014 projects are still actively involved in the Grow Wild Wales family – Abergavenny Transition town continue the great work at Abergavenny Museum and will be showcasing the work of Grow Wild and other community projects at an exhibition at the beginning of July (pictured below) and TreTrelog Environmental Group have definitely reaped what was sown last year as their site is a blaze of colour this year.  

A tree with a creative design on the trunk
Beyond community projects, the Grow Wild roadshow came to Wales in May and was a great success, and work to find a Grow Wild Wales flagship site is carrying on behind the scenes. It goes without saying that I’m looking forward to sharing the shortlist with you all.

Grow Wilders behind the scenes
And finally - I’ve been on bit of a busman’s holiday! In spring, I visited Dubrovnik in Croatia, Skadar Lake National Park, Durmitor National Park, Kotor in Montenegro (below) and was totally bowled over by the flora and spectacular views there.

Kotor in Montenegro
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Words by Maria Golightly, Wales Partnership Manager.