We’ve been Growing Wild at Camelot and Kew

Grow Wild’s Philip Turvil, Richard Pollard and Kerry Watts were very busy last month bringing Grow Wild to lots of new people at Camelot and at Kew.

First off was Camelot’s Lunch & Learn, which is a chance for Camelot staff to find out more about the projects made possible by National Lottery players and National Lottery funding. Richard cooked up some native oyster mushrooms from our Grow Wild fungus kits for the attendees, with the help of Grow Wild volunteer mentor Tom, while telling everyone all about how fungi could help save the environment (yes, really) by being used for bio-degradable packaging and environmentally friendly leathers.

Then Philip took to the stage to very enthusiastically share his knowledge of horticulture during the live planting demonstration, even inviting the staff to get their hands dirty – literally!

(Photographs by Dylan Nolte)

Judging from the feedback Camelot staff sent in afterwards (a big thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts), everyone had a great time and went away a bit more informed about UK native plants and fungi.

But it didn’t stop there! That evening it was straight on to Kew’s Directors Garden Party, an annual event for Kew patrons and supporters. Joined by Grow Wild ambassador Hannah Schlotter, Richard got busy cooking yet more tasty mushroom treats – three cheers for Richard and Hannah for manning the stove on what was the hottest day of the year so far. Attendees also had a chance to send seed packets to their future self or a loved one, by writing one of our ever-popular wild flower postcards.

Mission accomplished, it was time to cool off with a beer from Grow Wild Project Brew Wild.

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