Fungus Kits 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 Kits 2018

Why shouldn’t I forage for mushrooms?

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We discourage people from foraging fungi and wildflower species to eat. It can be very dangerous to health to eat any mushrooms, flowers and other parts of these organisms collected from gardens and natural spaces. Many species look alike, and distinguishing species is difficult even for experts. Harvesting such species could also, possibly, harm natural fungi and wildflower populations.

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Fungus Kits 2018

Where can I buy a fungus kit?

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If you didn't get a free fungus kit from us this year, there are a limited number available to buy: http://shop.kew.org/grow-wild-fungus-kit

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Fungus Kits 2018

My fungus kit didn’t work – can I have another one?

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We only have a limited number of free fungus kits and these have all been distributed. You may be able to buy one whilst stocks last: http://shop.kew.org/grow-wild-fungus-kit

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Fungus Kits 2018

How long will my mushrooms take to grow?

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Once you’ve activated your fungus, allow at least 4 weeks for the fungal mycelium to grow through the straw, before putting in the fridge for 2 days to simulate the conditions of autumn. Once out of the fridge, your mushrooms should start to grow within 10 – 14 days. When they’ve appeared, they’ll grow quickly, so keep a lookout.

Once the mushrooms begin to grow, they’ll be ready to harvest and eat within a couple of days. Don’t wait too long as they’ll be past their best quickly too. Don’t eat the mushrooms if they’ve started to shrivel and dry up.

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Fungus Kits 2018

The bag split when I poured in the water, what do we do?

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Don't worry, it will be ok!

We would suggest keeping the straw in the bag – continue to follow the instructions – but if you can use tape to seal the hole before putting the straw and mycelium mix in the kit box that will help keep it moist. There is also the risk that your mushrooms may grow out of the split rather than the slit you make later in the process.

It is better to keep it in this bag, rather than transfer into another bag, as it has the breathable patch at the top.   

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Fungus Kits 2018

Is my fungus kit safe?

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Yes. Your fungus kit is completely safe. The mushrooms that you will grow are a sporeless strain of UK native edible grey oyster mushrooms. The mycelium has been grown by our trusted expert supplier Ann Miller's Speciality Mushrooms. The white areas that you can see spreading over the straw are the fungal mycelium, this is like the root of the fungus. They spread out in search of water and nutrients that help them to grow.

Follow the instructions on your kit carefully and only grow your fungus on the straw provided with your kit.

Only the oyster mushrooms can be eaten, not the mycelium or any other part of the kit.

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Fungus Kits 2018

My kit hasn’t arrived yet!

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All kits were dispatched last week, so it should be with you soon. If you have still not received it by the end of the week, please let us know [email protected]

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Fungus Kits 2018

I have asthma – are the fungi safe?

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Yes. Our fungus is a specially cultivated sporeless strain. Unlike the wild variety which produces spores (that can be potentially hazardous for people with asthma) the oyster mushrooms you’ll grow in your kit can’t produce any spores.

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Fungus Kits 2018

I think I missed my kit being delivered, will it be ok?

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Your local post office should be a cool enough environment for your mycelium to be ok. We suggest getting the packet straight in the fridge as soon as you receive it. 

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Fungus Kits 2018

When can I eat my oyster mushrooms?

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You can eat your oyster mushrooms as the top is flattening out – this is when they’re at their very best, but don’t worry, they’re safe to eat before then too.

Be quick though! The mushrooms will grow quickly and pass their best quickly too. Don’t eat them once they have started to dry up and shrivel.

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Fungus Kits 2018

Why isn’t there a spray bottle?

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We are trying to reduce our use of plastic, so have provided just the spray nozzle - this can be either attached to the right size bottle or simply propped inside a cup filled with water.

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Fungus Kits 2018

How much water does my fungus need?

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Your fungal mycelium needs moisture to grow. After the fungal mycelium has come out of the fridge and you’ve cut the plastic open, spray twice a day with at least five sprays from the bottle provided in your kit.

The straw should feel damp to the touch, but there shouldn’t be any water pooling up or gathering in large quantity at the bottom of the bag. If your straw looks too wet, just skip a couple of days watering.

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Fungus Kits 2018

The mycelium in different packets look different, will it affect its growing?

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The mycelium in your packets are alive; the one with the furry bits has started to try its growth phase before the other one. This shouldn’t have a demonstrable impact on whether the fungus itself will grow.

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Fungus Kits 2018

How long can I keep the fungal mycelium before use?

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If not using straight away, you can leave your fungal mycelium, inside the plastic wrapping, in the fridge for three weeks.

 

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Fungus Kits 2018

What is the white patch on the bag?

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The patch is a breathable membrane which allows gas/air exchange. The patch allows the fungus to get fresh air while preventing contaminants like mould and bacteria from getting in

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Fungus Kits 2018

I can see mushrooms growing before putting my straw in the fridge – what should I do?

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If your mushrooms are starting to grow early just cut the plastic open to give them room and oxygen to grow. Spray with water twice a day to keep them moist. They should continue growing.

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Fungus Kits 2018

I have flies in my kit, what should I do?

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The mushroom fly or Phorid is a big problem in the mushroom industry. The flies are attracted by the smell of the growing mycelium. They are tiny and can fit into the smallest hole, so they can get into the kit through the neck of the bag. The bag is not intended to be airtight, so there is always the risk when using our kit.

The flies are not known to be a health hazard to humans: neither the adults nor the larvae have been found to carry any human or animal disease-causing organisms. However, if you have flies in your kit or on your mushrooms you should dispose of them as soon as possible. 

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Fungus Kits 2018

Why do I have to add boiling water to the straw in my fungus kit?

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The boiling water acts to pasteurise the straw, leaving behind helpful micro-organisms (such as friendly bacteria) and providing an ideal environment for your fungus to grow.

Be very careful when adding the boiling water and always make sure children are supervised.

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Fungus Kits 2018

My straw looks mouldy – what should I do?

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The fungal mycelium is white. This isn’t mould. This is the root of the fungus and should grow and cover all of the straw. If you can see areas of blue, green or black, this could be mould. A little bit of mould shouldn’t be harmful to the growth of your fungus.

If there is a lot of mould, unfortunately, this means your fungus won’t grow.  The ideal temperature for your fungus kit while the mycelium grows is 18 – 25°c – if you think you can see mould becoming a problem, try moving your kit to an area with a more suitable temperature.

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Fungus Kits 2018

Seed Kits 2019

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

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Registration closes on the 1st February 2019 and we will begin distributing kits in the first 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, we will try to replace these if we have the stock available.

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

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Seed Kits 2019

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 2019

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 2019

How big or small should my space be?

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Your space can be any size! But please be aware that our seed kits come in 4 different sizes and provide enough seed for spaces as follows:

• Smallish - this is 10g of seed and is enough for up to 5m². It's ideal for containers and/or a garden patch
• Middling - this is 20g of seed and is enough for up to 10m², which is about the size of one car parking space
• Pretty big - this is 40g of seed and is enough for up to 20m², which is a space about the size of two car parking spaces
• Jumbo - this is 60g of seed and is enough for up to 30m², which is a space the size of a football penalty box

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 2019

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 2019

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. For more help on what to think about when buying wildflower seeds have a read of our blog.

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 2019

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 2019

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 2019

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 2019

What is in the seed kit?

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Grow Wild seed kits 2019 contain:

  • UK native wildflower seed for the country where your space is located
  • A guidance booklet all about sowing and growing
  • Stickers
  • Posters
  • 2 for 1 vouchers to visit Kew

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Seed Kits 2019

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 supply the seeds for England and Wales; Scotia Seeds supply the Scottish seeds and EcoSeeds supply the mix for Northern Ireland. 

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Seed Kits 2019

What wildflower seeds are in the kit?

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We are currently working with our seed suppliers to confirm the final wildflower seed mixes for 2019, so watch this space...! For an idea of the species we often include you can see the seeds that were included in our kits in 2018, by country, here: https://www.growwilduk.com/content/whats-my-grow-wild-seed-mix

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Seed Kits 2019

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 2019

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

Answer

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 2019

Are you providing fungus kits again this year?

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We will be providing fungus kits in 2019. Look out for more information in January!

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Seed Kits 2019

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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Sowing and Growing Wildflowers

Is the corncockle dangerous?

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Professor Monique Simmonds, Director of the Kew Innovation Unit says:

"This plant, like many we have in our gardens, does contain compounds that can be toxic if eaten in large amounts or eaten frequently over a period of time. The toxic compounds are in higher concentrations in the seeds, which are hard and very bitter. If eaten by a child, the child would most likely be sick or complain of a stomach ache. There is no evidence that eating a few seeds would cause acute toxicity. In the past, problems associated with toxicity occurred in Europe when flour contaminated by corncockle seeds were consumed in bread, and this contaminated bread was eaten over a period of time. The fact that there are very few reports about any form of toxicity to humans in other parts of Europe where the plants are more common indicates that although toxic, the plant is not considered a high risk."

Guy Barter, the Chief Horticultural Advisor to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) says:

"Like many garden plants, corncockle (officially called Agrostemma Githago) is potentially harmful especially if consumed. Merely touching this plant is a very low risk indeed. We know of no instances of harm occurring from this plant in gardens, but in historical times cases of poisoning occurred from consuming contaminated bread. Modern agricultural practices have eliminated it from farm crops.

"Like other potentially harmful garden plants, the actual risk of harm is extremely small as a considerable amount of a very acrid (bitter) plant would have to be consumed to cause ill-effect. The usual sensible garden precautions should be followed; refrain from eating any plant not known to be edible, wash hands after working in the garden and before eating or touching lips and eyes, and see that pets and children who cannot be entirely trusted not to consume vegetation are supervised. If these simple precautions are followed there is no reason not to grow this plant.

"Corncockle is a very rare wildflower, but contrary to recent reports has never actually become extinct in Britain, merely hanging on in a very few isolated pockets. Cultivated seed of this plant has been widely sold as a ‘wildflower’ and consequently is not uncommon in gardens. It is a cornfield annual, so it can only grow on disturbed ground. Therefore, it generally has to be sown afresh each year or the ground disturbed to produce its preferred conditions where seed is already present in the soil."

The 2018 Grow Wild seed mixes contained a variety of UK native wild flowers, including corncockle. Find out more about potentially harmful garden plants over on the RHS's website.

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Sowing and Growing Wildflowers

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?

Answer

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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More About Grow Wild

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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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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More About Grow Wild

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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More About Grow Wild

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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More About Grow Wild

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?

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£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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Please note that community project fundign fo 2018 is now closed

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?

Answer

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?

Answer

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?

Answer

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?

Answer

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?

Answer

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?

Answer

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?

Answer

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?

Answer

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