Meet Grow Wild's youth award recipents
Last summer, 22 youth-led groups received a Grow For It youth award of £500 to do something creative in their community that brings people together and raises awareness about the importance of native wild flowers.
Here are some highlights from our 2015 projects…
Seeds For Thought
Illustrator Katharina Nyilas used her award to run a creative workshop for young people as part of Soil Culture at the Create Centre in Bristol. At the event, part of celebrations for the International Year of the Soil, young people learned about improving the soil through composting and got stuck into creative activities by decorating and sowing their very own wild flower pots. Follow Katharina on Twitter and Facebook .
Young people from organisation Blueprint22 in Worthing have created an interactive sensory garden at Goring Hall Hospital for patients and staff of the cancer ward to enjoy. Each part of the garden has a different theme and they celebrated their achievements at an open day for the hospital in July. Find out more on growwilduk.com.
Wincham Wild Flower Mosaic
The Guides of 12th Altrincham worked with local artist Angela Sidwell to create a wild flower memorial mosaic at Wincham Park in memory of Linda Moss, a local woman, who installed raised planters there for a group with disabilities. Packets of wild flowers were also handed out at her funeral.
St Nicks Wild Graffiti Board
York students attending outdoor sessions at St Nicks nature and green living centre have transformed an uninspiring patch of grass into a thriving mini wild flower meadow and will be installing a graffiti interpretation board that explains the rich benefits of wild flowers. Follow their progress on Twitter.
In Antrim 12 young people from Forthspring Inter Community Group worked together to make over 400 seed balls containing wild flower seeds. These were handed out in the local area, which is situated on an interface between Catholic and Protestant communities. Their aim is to forge bonds between both backgrounds by encouraging families to get in touch with nature.
Cosy Copse Corner
The young people from Kells & Connor Youth Committee in Derry/Londonderry are creating a magical meeting circle amid a small copse of trees in their neighbourhood. Here storytelling and singing sessions will take place surrounded by native and therapeutic wild flowers and plants.
The young people from Muirhouse Youth Development Group are extending their 2014 funded project to transform a small garden plot at the back of North Edinburgh Arts Centre into a relaxing arts hub space for the community. Read more on growwilduk.com
Rhuddlan Wild Flower Meadow Project
In an area at Rhuddlan Nature Reserve North Wales, Evan has used his award to run clearing and planting sessions with Brownies and Cubs, which will form part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award. The newly-created wild flower patches were also visited by the local mayor and mayoress.
Grow Wild will be offering more Grow For It awards for young people aged 12 to 25 across the UK in 2016. Find out more on growwilduk.com.