Past projects & campaigns
Over the last four years, Grow Wild has engaged millions of people across the UK with the wonders of native wildflowers and fungi.
Here are some highlights…
Our giant fungus installation toured the UK, connecting thousands of people to the wood wide web! Look out for her in 2019...
We showed our love for the UK's wildlife on Valentine's Day. Teaming up with The Climate Coalition to celebrate all the things we love but could lose to climate change.
You shared photos of your amazing home grown fungus and the UK public voted for the rulers of the fungi kingdom. Crowning Shiitake Happens and Boop victorious!
We encouraged people across Leeds to take a fresh look at their city and appreciate the nature that thrives in the gutters and springs from cracks in the walls.
December was brightened up by stunning illustrations of UK native plants and fungi. We shared these stunners with you daily, from contemporary illustrators and the immense Kew collection.
You can see them all here: Wildflower and fungi calendar
A major innovation for Grow Wild: native fungi! We distributed several thousand fungi kits for the first time ever, to educate people and engage them in the wonderful world of fungi.
We also held our first Get Creative Takeovers events in Edinburgh and Newport. These were fantastic opportunities to showcase artistic and musical youth projects that had been funded that year.
- Get Creative Takeover at Summerhall, Edinburgh
- Get Creative Takeover at Riverfront Arts Centre, Newport
We brought wildflowers to the streets! From London underground to Latitude, we took the Grow Wild message offline at festivals and online through video campaigns.
We partnered up with vloggers from many different walks of life, asking them to get their fans and followers involved in Grow Wild:
- Brett Domino’s song about wildflowers
- Cupcake Jemma shows how to use edible flowers to decorate cakes
- Emily Canham showcases festival looks
Summer road trip! Transporting our potting shed and upcycled planters, we set-up shop on the streets of six cities .
We had stop overs in Cardiff, Belfast, Glasgow, Bristol, Manchester and Plymouth, where people were invited to take part in everything from upcycling wild flower planters with Max McMurdo, to live-painting the Grow Wild sheds and surprising shoppers with a trolley full of wildflowers.
We also took part in Manchester’s Dig the City: leading a wild flower parade from Hulme Community Garden Centre (HCGC) to Exchange Street to get hundreds of people excited about wildflowers in their city!
On 6 April, Grow Wild teamed up with fabulous, feisty four-piece female act, Neon Jungle to inspire fans and their friends to sow, grow and get outdoors to enjoy UK native wild flowers.
Our musical summer continued when the Grow Wild team took our shed to Glastonbury Festival for the first time where we asked people to pledge to grow wild!
We also had a beautiful contribution from a vlogger, a short film called ‘Bloom’: