Grow Wild overview
Kew’s Grow Wild initiative has eight distinct activity areas delivered online and on-the-ground across the UK:
Seed packets for individuals and neighbours
We distribute seed packets to individuals through an annual media partnership, as well as through special competitions and events across the UK. To date, we’ve distributed 750,000 packets filled with specially grown, native wild flower seeds; enough seed to transform over a million square metres in our cities and towns with more colour and wildlife.
Seed and fungus kits for groups to share
We distribute kits to groups through targeted partners and networks, which contain wild flower seeds and grow-your-own oyster mushrooms. To date, 46,000 groups have received 260,000 kits. That’s enough native wild flower seed to share with 1.3 million people!
We award Big Lottery Fund grants of between £1000, £2,500 or £4000 to community groups. To date, we’ve funded 256 projects to create a network across the UK of groups that show imaginative ways to bring people together (including people aged 12-25) to transform a communal space by sowing and growing UK native plants. Visit our interactive project map online to contact groups funded in 2014 to 2017.
We award Big Lottery Fund grants of £500 to young people aged 12–25. To date, we’ve funded 147 projects, where panels of young people have assessed each entry. Young people have developed ideas to create either a ‘Get Creative’ wild flower artwork, or ‘Transform a Space’ project. New for 2017 the Get Creative artworks and performance pieces will be exhibited at two takeover events this summer, one in Edinburgh and one in Newport.
Our mentors become Grow Wild ambassadors in their area, linking together our network of funded projects. By becoming a mentor, volunteers have the opportunity to visit inspiring community projects, share knowledge, learn new skills, and connect with a range of people. We currently have a network of 100 mentors on the ground across the UK. Mentors have also taken part in Grow Wild's training weekends at our hubs across the UK.
We award Big Lottery Fund grants to our high profile flagship sites - which see large scale urban regeneration initiatives following competitive public votes. To date, we’ve awarded flagship sites in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
We run imaginative annual campaigns with online and on-the-ground activities to target young people and less engaged and disadvantaged adults. In 2014, we teamed up with feisty four-piece female music act, Neon Jungle, to inspire fans to pledge to grow wild! Then in 2015, we took our potting shed and upcycled containers on the streets of six cities across the UK. Our 2016 campaigns saw us work with online influencers Brett Domino, Jemma Cupcake and Emily Canham, plus host national competitions, early morning dance parties, and student activities. This year we're encouraging absolutely everyone to sow a virtual seed to pledge support for more wildflowers across the UK. Sowing the UK starts with a click and ends with getting dirty. We believe the key to sowing the UK is to mobilise communities to make a difference where they live.
The Grow Wild Guide
We believe absolutely anyone can Grow Wild. That's why we've created the Grow Wild guide, your personalised guide to Growing Wild. Answer a few simple questions to receive your own inspiration on what to read, watch and do.