Grow fungus with us!
It is estimated that 90% of plants rely on fungi to live and that 93% of the world’s fungal species are yet to be discovered. Fungi have the potential to unlock sustainable sources of food, material and medicine, as well as other solutions to problems faced by humanity.
And yet the number of mycologists (fungi experts) in the UK has declined by 20% and many mycologists are close to retirement.
Not enough people know about the importance of fungi...
...which is why this autumn we’re giving you the chance to grow your own fungus with a Grow Wild fungus lab – a box containing everything you need to grow a healthy crop of Oyster Mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus): at school, at home, at work, or anywhere else. And hopefully, you will end up with some delicious mushrooms to munch on!
First, you need to form a team with colleagues, group members or friends to share your growing experience. Then, you're ready to apply!
We only have a limited number of free fungus labs available, which is why not every application will be successful. But don't worry, you can join in with the growing experience by sourcing your own kit elsewhere, and simply following along on social media and via our regular growing guidance emails, since everyone who applies for a kit will receive our updates. Visit our T&Cs for more information.
Due to an overwhelming response, our fungus lab applications are now closed!
If you didn't get the chance to apply, you can still check out our resources and learn about fungi on the website. Alternatively, If you would like to try growing mushrooms from kits or fungi, head over to our web page: How to grow your own fungi.
If your group is allocated a fungus lab...
... you'll need to make sure you're all clear on what you need to do.
Get a head start by getting to know your group's roles...