Grow Wild and the Chelsea Fringe Festival

What is the Chelsea Fringe Festival anyway?

Chances are whether you’re a horticultural expert or completely clueless about gardening you will have heard of the Chelsea Flower Show, and you won’t have been able to avoid seeing it plastered across newspapers this week.  But did you know that every year, right alongside the flower show, the Chelsea Fringe Festival is happening?

This fringe festival offers a whole host of events that encompass everything from grassroots community garden projects to avant-garde art installations.

Anyone can get involved in the fringe by putting on an event linked to gardens, flowers, the natural environment, veg-growing or landscape, and just about anything goes, as long as it’s interesting and legal!

This weekend sees the close of this year’s fringe festival that has already been host to urban tree walks, flower themed bike rides and a primary school growing a pizza! 

Get involved this weekend!

Here’s our pick of some of the great events you could enjoy this bank holiday weekend:

Paper Poppies at Horniman Museum 

A colourful display of paper poppies made by school children, in the Horniman Museum Gardens.

Plants Play Music at Bethnal Green Nature Reserve 

Witness an instrument that turns the electromagnetic vibrations of plants into music. You’ll find this at Phytology in Bethnal Green Nature Reserve. As a Grow Wild community project in 2015 Phytology created a medicinal meadow to explore the healing properties of wildflowers found in urban enviroments.

Botanical Sculpture Trail at Walthamstow Wetlands 

Europe’s largest urban wetland is open to the public with a host of botanical sculptures created by local artists.

Manor Farm Nature Space – Cultivating Communities

Help create a colourful wildflower space and sow some Grow Wild seeds with this fantastic community group.

Grow Wild at the Fringe

This year Grow Wild are getting in on the action by offering Chelsea Fringe Festival event attendees the chance to walk away with some of our UK native wildflower seed packets. Look out for them at a fringe event this weekend!

If you are lucky enough to pick up a packet of seeds at an event this weekend then you can head here to find out more about what’s in your seed mix.

You might want to save these seeds and sow them in autumn, but when you do sow them be sure to let us know online using #GrowWild