Grow Wild England Spring/Summer update
This is one of my favourite times of the year – it’s great seeing our nascent projects come to life in every region across England: some urban, some wild, some artistic and all inspiring.
Amongst are more rural projects are Grow Wild Cockermouth, Cumbria where the Riversmeet community team is creating a wild wood area, Grow Wild flower beds and a compost loo, so no one gets caught short in countryside. Meanwhile, in Rothbury, Northumberland at Collect it, Sow it, Grow it Groundwork North East is collecting seeds from native regional wild flowers to create a bespoke mix, that’ll be used in habitats across the region.
Onto the Humber and in Hull, Adele Howitt’s 2014 community project Seeds for the Desert continues to inspire. Proving that sowing and growing can be artistically-stimulating, she’s created amazing Surrealist planters for the Grow Wild roadshow. Catch them at our special events happening at Bristol, Plymouth and Manchester later this summer.
We’re delighted that Leeds have joined the Grow Wild community. On an unkempt bank of grass, Leeds West Indian Centre is creating Obama Gardens: a flourishing wild flower space for the people of Chapeltown.
Across the Pennines, Grow Wild meets the energy of non-league football as FC United takes up the challenge of becoming the UK’s first pollinator-friendly football stadium.
And keeping with the urban theme, the Gatis Gardeners in Wolverhampton are reviving communal spaces and bringing much-needed colour to local pubs, parks and playgrounds.
In East Anglia, members of Transition Cambridge have joined forces with Anglia Ruskin Uni staff and local residents to transform barren gardens, the campus and public spaces into something wild and colourful. In the south-east, there’s a crop of brilliant projects going on. At Scentimental Journey from Blueprint22 in Goring-by-sea, young people are transforming neglected land in the grounds of Goring Hall Hospital, into themed gardens for patients.
At YMCA East Surrey’s Dig Down Plant Up project, the Grow Wild award will be used to fund youth training at its Redhill centre and to transform three local spaces with native plants. Meanwhile in Herne Bay art meets native seaside plants at Beach Meadow, which you can see and experience at the town’s art gallery.
And let’s not forget the south west, where Transition Town Lymington, guided by the inspirational Gill Hickman, is planting native wild plants and revamping local sites, including two restorative spaces at Lymington New Forest Hospital.
I’d love to mention all our projects but if you schlep over to our project map you can find out what’s happening where you live and follow me on Twitter @GrowWildEngland. England community project network: keep it up, we’re loving your work!