Grow Wild hosts first ever Grow Wild Awards

Grow Wilders from all over the UK came to Kew Gardens last week to celebrate the first ever Grow Wild Awards with us! The Awards took place in Kew's iconic Orangery, where there was entertainment, dinner, and a couple of glasses of bubbly too. 

The awards celebrated the most innovative, creative and impactful projects and groups from all over the UK. It was great to meet some of the inspirational people who have brought incredible projects to life all over the country! 

Grow Wild youth project ‘Gardening the Gallery’ performed a brilliant, atmospheric 3D puppet show to entertain everyone as they arrived. The young volunteers travelled all the way from Devon to perform their creative and original piece, with the Grow Wild shed serving as a giant light box. The music for the show was composed by Joy Hardy, whose Get Creative project saw her not only create this brilliant piece of music but also make a wild flower inspired animation to accompany it, which was shown to guests as they took their seats for dinner. 

Some of the Grow Wild team posed for a quick snap before the guests arrived.... 

After a fantastic dinner, Grow Wild’s ever-energetic Flower Power people made a surprise appearance to hand out a gift of delicious wild flower biscuits as coffee was served.

Then it was on to the all important awards themselves! 

Grow Wild’s ambassador Hannah Schlotter played the master of ceremonies, bringing her energy and enthusiasm for Grow Wild to the event. Thank you Hannah! 

Members of the Grow Wild team, colleagues from across Kew and partners from the National Lottery were invited to the stage to present the awards.

The winners of the Grow Wild Awards 2016 were:

Phytology (Best Innovation in England)

Wild About The Hillfoots  (Best Innovation in Scotland)

Meadow Champions  (Best Innovation in Wales)

Eufloria (Best Innovation in Northern Ireland)

Coplaw Street Community Garden  (Community Project to Make the Greatest Community Impact)

Include Us Too (Community Project with Best Youth Involvement)

Flowers of Foyle (Best Transformation of a Space in a Community Project)

City To Sea (Best Use of Promotion by a Community Project)

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone  (Best Youth ‘Get Creative’ Project)

Stepping Stones(Best Transformation of a Space by a Youth Project)

Yorkshire Ambulance Service(Best Use of Seed Kits in a Workplace)

Wildflower Alley (Best Use of Seed Kits by a Charity or Community)

The night came to a close with an amazing performance by Silvia Pavone and her illuminated hula hoops. 

To see lots more pictures from the night, check out the album on Facebook

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Did you know The National Lottery has funded half a millon projects? Grow Wild is just one of these 500,000! 

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