Fungus Kit Applications 2018

I applied for a fungus kit – when will I receive it?

Answer

We will be closing applications for fungus kits towards the end of April, depending on demand.

Not everyone that signs up for a kit will be successful. You can see what our criteria are for allocating kits in our Fungus Kit T&Cs.

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Fungus Kit Applications 2018

How does Grow Wild decide who gets a kit?

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Successful fungus kit groups are determined by the extent to which they will meet Grow Wild's aims to engage as many people as possible in learning about the fungi kingdom, this is why we are encouraging 'teams' to grow their fungus together. We are also allocating kits to try and reach as many of Grow Wild's target beneficiary audience as possible: children aged 5-11 years old, young people aged 12-25, adults disengaged from nature, and disadvantaged adults (living in or near an area within the top 30% of the national Indices of Multiple Deprivation).

Fungus kits are also allocated across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in proportion to population size.

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Fungus Kit Applications 2018

What is in the fungus kit?

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Grow Wild fungus kits contain everything you need to grow a sporeless strain of Pleurotus ostreatus, a native fungus specis found all over the UK that produces edible grey mushrooms.

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Fungus Kit Applications 2018

Seed Kits 2018

I applied for a seed kit – when will I receive it?

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Registration closed on 11 March and we will begin distributing kits in the third week of March.

You may not have received a kit if the address supplied was incomplete, a non-UK residence, a duplicate or included a profanity. Very occasionally, our kits get lost in the post, but we minimise loss by using special mail services and couriers.

Please note: applications for seed kits are subject to Terms & Conditions.

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Seed Kits 2018

How does Grow Wild decide who gets a kit?

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Successful applications are determined by the extent to which a Seed Kit Applicant will be engaging Grow Wild’s target beneficiary audiences: children aged 5-11 years old, young people aged 12-25, adults disengaged from nature, and disadvantaged adults living in or near an area within the top 30% of the national Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD), date of submission (i.e. first come first served).

Seed kits are also allocated across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in proportion to population size.

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Seed Kits 2018

How does Grow Wild define a ‘shared’ space?

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We’d love it if you used your seeds to revamp local spaces that lots of people will benefit from.

‘Shared’ in this context is a space that is accessible by a wider community, rather than an individual or family.

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Seed Kits 2018

How big or small should my space be?

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Seed kits for small groups (up to 10 people) have enough seeds to cover up to 20m2, which is about the size of a full tennis court, or half of the penalty area on a football pitch.

For large groups (over 20 people) there are enough seeds to cover up to 40m2, which is about the size of 2 full tennis courts, or  the penalty area on a football pitch.

For medium groups it is between these two.

However this depends on how widely seeds are scattered and whether the space itself will have other features, such as paths and seating.

Seed kits are not suitable for meadows as meadows contain grass species as well as wild flower species. Our seed kits contain no meadow grass species.If you would like guidance on transforming meadows, email [email protected] and we can direct you.

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Seed Kits 2018

What do you mean by ‘natural areas’?

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Natural areas, usually the open countryside, are ones where wild plants and flowers are already established, particularly nature reserves or other areas where rare, species-rich habitats have been identified and protected.

These intricate and distinctive communities of plants and animals may be damaged by the addition of plants from elsewhere, and should be cherished as they are.

Grow Wild seeds are intended to bring the colour, beauty and wildlife habitats we gain from UK native wildflowers to the human environment: the gardens, streets and shared spaces that make up our towns and cities.

Here comes the science bit…

Grow Wild seeds contain a mix of common UK native and ‘archeophyte’ species. Native species are those that came here without human assistance, with most arriving between the end of the last ice age and the flooding of the English Channel 8,000 years ago. Archeophytes - ‘ancient plants’ - were brought here by humans, often introduced and finding a home amongst our crops. Poppies and cornflowers are examples, and have been part of the farmed landscape here for centuries.

If you already have wild plants growing naturally in your space, pass the seeds from these flowers to someone who is not so lucky, rather than sowing Grow Wild seeds here.

Find out how to collect and store wildflower seeds with Hannah Grows.

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Seed Kits 2018

I just want some seeds rather than a whole kit – are you giving these away this year?

Answer

Grow Wild is not giving away individual seed packets this year.

You can buy wildflower seeds at most garden centres and DIY shops. Or if you want larger volumes, you might want to go to the suppliers directly, or buy online.

Remember to try and only sow seeds in the country where they were grown.

Here is a list of suppliers

England and UK:

Scotland:

Wales:

Northern Ireland:

Have a read about the wildflower seeds we provide in our seed kits to get some inspiration of what to get.

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Seed Kits 2018

Can I make more than one application for a seed kit?

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Yes you can, but it would need to be for a new and different space that you’re transforming, with a different group of people.

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Seed Kits 2018

Can I change or edit my application after it has been submitted?

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It isn’t possible to edit your application after submission.

However, if you get in touch with us at [email protected] we can delete any previous applications for you to submit a new one.

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Seed Kits 2018

Can I change the delivery address I provided?

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If you need to provide us with a new delivery address, please contact the Grow Wild team at [email protected].

You may need to provide additional information about your application in order for us to amend the right one.

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Seed Kits 2018

What is in the seed kit?

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Grow Wild seed kits 2018 contain:

  • Seed packets for the country where your space is located
  • Your Grow Wild Mini Guide to your transformation project
  • Stickers and posters
  • Seed saving envelopes
  • 2 for 1 vouchers to visit Kew

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Seed Kits 2018

Where do the seeds come from?

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The seeds have native provenance, which means they were grown by specialist growers in the country where they’ll be given out and grown. 

Naturescape Wildflowers supplied the seeds for England and Wales; Scotia Seeds supplied the Scottish seeds and EcoSeeds supplied the mix for Northern Ireland. 

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Seed Kits 2018

Can we use our seed kit for an indoor space?

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Wildflowers do best outdoors, where they can be accessed by bees and insects and other pollinators.

We also really want you to use your wildflowers to transform a space that lots of people can see and enjoy.

Remember, you can grow wildflowers in containers as well as in open soil.

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Seed Kits 2018

Can I have some seeds from another country? We’re in England, but are Scottish, so would like Scottish seed.

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Native plants have adapted over many generations to thrive in their local natural environment.

Sourcing seed from different parts of the UK helps ensure our mixes are well-adapted and able to thrive in the different growing conditions in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

It can help reduce the risk that plants from distant parts of the UK will ‘escape’ to areas they would not normally be found, or hybridise (that is, cross-breed) with local wild populations. This is why we also ask that our seed is not sown in or near natural areas.

We are also keen to work with specialist producers across the country, benefitting from their local experience and supporting the development of a diverse native seed industry.

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Seed Kits 2018

Are you providing fungus kits again this year?

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We will be providing fungus kits in 2018. This time they are being produced and delivered separately from seed kits – look out in March for more information!

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Seed Kits 2018

Community Project Funding 2018

How many projects are Grow Wild funding this year?

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Grow Wild will fund 50 groups in 2018 across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We are aiming for a good spread across each of these four countries.

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Community Project Funding 2018

How much funding will each group get?

Answer

£2,000 or £4,000 depending on the scale of the idea and its intended impact.

These funding levels are fixed, so your total budget (excluding in-kind contributions) should equal to one of these amounts.

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Community Project Funding 2018

What proportion of applications are successful?

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The application process is very competitive. The guidance document provides clear information about what you should do to meet Grow Wild’s funding criteria and increase your chances of success.

We encourage all potential applicants to continue to discuss their idea with their Engagement Manager.

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Community Project Funding 2018

What costs are covered by the community funding grants?

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Your project budget can include seeds, plants, soil, materials, events, workshop charges and contractor costs.

It cannot include core organisational costs, including ongoing staffing costs, and items not related to your project.

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Community Project Funding 2018

Am I eligible to apply for the Grow Wild community project funding 2018?

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Individuals are not eligible to apply for funding.

Voluntary, youth or community groups, which are constituted, not-for-profit or charitable are eligible to apply. In particular:

  • Youth groups
  • Secondary schools
  • Parish, town and community councils
  • Health authorities, health boards and prisons

It is also required that you hold a bank account in the name of your  group or organisation and can show evidence of this to Grow Wild.

Unfortunately the following types of organisation are not eligible to apply:

  • Local authorities
  • Primary schools
  • Organisations with a commercial focus and where Grow Wild funds may be directly involved with commercial activities.
  • Groups who have previously received Grow Wild community project funding*

However, these organisations could support a group that is eligible to deliver their project.

Read the guidance document for more information.

* groups who have not received community funding from Grow Wild, but have engaged in other ways (eg. Receiving seed kits) are eligible to apply.

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Community Project Funding 2018

Do I need to have a site before applying?

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Yes, although this does not necessarily need to be a garden/growing space.

You must identify your project space as part of the application (this may be the area you will be growing/planting, or the venue(s) at which your project is taking place).

You must have permission to use the site from the landowner before applying for funding.

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Community Project Funding 2018

Why can’t primary schools apply?

Answer

Grow Wild’s target audience is young people aged 12-25, less engaged adults and disadvantaged communities and therefore our community project resources are not aimed at younger children.

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Community Project Funding 2018

Do I need to work with other partner organisations?

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Partnerships are not necessarily required, but those that strengthen applications (eg. Via access to target audience) are strongly encouraged, and applicants will be asked to explain why each partnership will add value to the project.

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Community Project Funding 2018

Can I plant trees as part of my project?

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We value applications that celebrate native trees. However, due to the timescale of Grow Wild community projects (delivery between March – September 2018), we do not encourage applications that focus on tree planting.

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Community Project Funding 2018

I am from a small village and don’t know if my project could reach 300 people – what should I do?

Answer

How many people the project reaches is an important funding criteria, and we encourage applicants to think broadly and creatively about how to reach a range of people engaged as both participants and beneficiaries. Your local Engagement Manager can support with your ideas for reaching a wide-ranging audience.

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Community Project Funding 2018

Where do I access the application form?

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Your local Grow Wild Engagement Manager will provide you with a link to the application form, once they have had an initial discussion with you about your proposal and consider it eligible for funding.

You can find their contact details in the Guidance Document.

 

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Community Project Funding 2018

When does my application need to be in by?

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Applications must be submitted by midday on 15 January 2018.

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Community Project Funding 2018

When will I find out if I have been successful?

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If you have been successful, you will be notified by Friday 23 February 2018.

Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by Tuesday 27th February 2018.

Unsuccessful applicants will be able to request feedback on their applications. Your relevant Engagement Manager will set aside a date for this, likely during March 2018. 

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Community Project Funding 2018

If successful, what is the time scale for delivering my project?

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Projects will begin delivery in March 2018 and will be required to finish by October 2018.

You will be expected to have accounted for all project spend by the end of this period.

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Community Project Funding 2018

What happens once we’ve delivered our project?

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After you have delivered your project, you can join Grow Wild Connect, our network of more than 250 existing community projects.

 

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Community Project Funding 2018

What support is available in making my application?

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Grow Wild’s Engagement Managers are here to support you through the application process – see Page 7 of the guidance document for the contact details of your local Engagement Manager.

There is advice and guidance available on making funding applications on the website Know How Non Profit and on the Small Charities Coalition website.

We also recommend looking at past projects that have been funded for inspiration.

 

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Community Project Funding 2018

What support is available if my group or organisation is successful?

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Your local Grow Wild Engagement Manager is there to help throughout the duration of the project

You will be given assets to help you promote your project locally, including a profile page on our website and opportunities to share your stories across our network and in the media.

If you have identified a mentor to work with the project in your application form, Grow Wild will provide them with training to enable them to offer a wide range of support. Depending on your project’s location, there may be support from other Grow Wild mentors, who are available to share a variety of useful skills and experience.

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Community Project Funding 2018

We don’t have anyone to nominate as a volunteer mentor – will this affect our chances of getting funding?

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No – whilst we want to offer this opportunity to all successful projects it is not an assessed part of the community project criteria. 

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Community Project Funding 2018

Sowing and Growing Wildflowers

Can I save seeds for later use?

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Yes, store them in a cool, dark place.

The best time to sow seeds is Spring or Autumn, and you are more likely to be successful if you follow our top tips on sowing seeds.

Grow Wild’s seed have a high viability but bear in mind that this will dip slightly if you save them beyond the year you received them.

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Sowing and Growing Wildflowers

How long can I store seeds for?

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We recommend that you get cracking, and sow them the Spring or Autumn after you receive them.

There’s no time like the present and the bees and butterflies will thank you for helping them do their bit.

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Sowing and Growing Wildflowers

When is the best time to sow wildflower seeds?

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We recommend a fine Spring day, when your soil is neither too wet nor dry - preferably before mid-May.

But if you miss the boat in Spring, all is not lost. You can sow them in September or October and they will get a head start on the next Spring.

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Sowing and Growing Wildflowers

What soil preparation will I need to do before sowing seeds?

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Your seeds will thrive best in soil you’ve prepared well - dig it over and remove all plants and weeds that will compete with your seeds. Use our tips on assessing your soil.

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Sowing and Growing Wildflowers

I live in the city and don’t have a very big garden; can I sow wildflower seeds in a window box?

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Yes, absolutely. Window boxes can make great homes for wild flowers. It’s easy to keep an eye on them and they look brilliant and brighten up your home when they flower.

For ideas on where to sow your wild flower seeds, check out how to pick your site.

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More About Grow Wild

How can I contact Grow Wild?

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We have a contact us page, where you can meet the team!

Alternatively email us at [email protected]

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More About Grow Wild

Why UK native wildflowers?

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In the UK we’re lucky enough to have some amazing wildflowers, but we’re in danger of losing them as their natural habitats disappear. This means less colour in our lives, less shelter for wildlife and less food for butterflies, bees and other pollinators.

Wildflowers are perfect for spaces where the soil may not be in the best shape. They’re also easier to grow than many other plants and flowers, so are an excellent way to introduce people who may never have sown seeds before to the joys of growing.

This is why we are using wildflowers to Grow Wild.

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What do you mean by 'natural areas'?

Answer

Natural areas, usually the open countryside, are ones where wild plants and flowers are already established, particularly nature reserves or other areas where rare, species-rich habitats have been identified and protected.

These intricate and distinctive communities of plants and animals may be damaged by the addition of plants from elsewhere, and should be cherished as they are.

Grow Wild seeds are intended to bring the colour, beauty and wildlife habitats we gain from UK native wildflowers to the human environment: the gardens, streets and shared spaces that make up our towns and cities.

Here comes the science bit…

Grow Wild seeds contain a mix of common UK native and ‘archeophyte’ species. Native species are those that came here without human assistance, with most arriving between the end of the last ice age and the flooding of the English Channel 8,000 years ago. Archeophytes - ‘ancient plants’ - were brought here by humans, often introduced and finding a home amongst our crops. Poppies and cornflowers are examples, and have been part of the farmed landscape here for centuries.

If you already have wild plants growing naturally in your space, pass the seeds from these flowers to someone who is not so lucky, rather than sowing Grow Wild seeds here.

Find out how to collect and store wildflower seeds with Hannah Grows.

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More About Grow Wild

How does growing wildflowers help insects and animals?

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Native wildflowers are fantastic for our native wildlife. This is because they have evolved alongside each other and are well suited to each others’ needs.

Wildflowers provide food in the form of nectar, pollen, seeds, fruits and foliage, for pollinating insects, or ‘pollinators’.

Pollinators are insects or animals that move pollen from one flower to another as part of the plant reproduction process. This is a vital job that helps continue the life cycle of plants and crops. In fact, approximately one in three mouthfuls of food and drink require pollination

Wildflowers also provide nesting sites, larval food, forage and shelter for wildlife.

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I have some old seeds from Grow Wild, can I still use them?

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Yes, but store them in a cool, dark place.

The best time to sow seeds is Spring or Autumn, and you are more likely to be successful if you follow our top tips on sowing seeds.

Grow Wild’s seed have a high viability but bear in mind that this will dip slightly if you save them beyond the year you received them.

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More About Grow Wild

How else can I get involved with Grow Wild?

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There are many ways to become a Grow Wilder!

Currently you can apply for a seed kit, to help you get people together to transform a shared urban or unloved space.

If you have wildflower seeds – either ones you have bought or ones you have been given – and would like to grow them, then use our guidance to help and share your experiences on social media using the hashtag #GrowWild.

We have Flagship sites and Community Projects that you could visit.

There is also a newsletter that you can sign up for, to keep up to date with all the news and updates from Grow Wild across the country.

Or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Can I visit Grow Wild’s Community Projects or Flagship sites?

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Absolutely! You can zoom into the areas on our project map to find one near you.

Not all of our projects are open all the time, so you may need to get in touch to find out when you can visit.

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