In a community space
In urban environments especially, wildflowers provide food and refuge for pollinators that they may not otherwise be able to find. They're also a great way to bring colour to a space, without requiring high quality soil or too much growing experience.
It can be daunting creating and looking after a wildflower patch with a group of people, so we've got some ideas and suggestions below that may help.
Getting people together
One of the best ways to make people feel welcome is to give them something to do. We've listed 10 different roles people could do to help your wildflower project.
Food and drink!
People love to be fed. It doesn't have to be fancy: orange squash and biscuits go down a treat. Hot drinks for colder days are always welcome. And anyone that doesn't want to get their hands dirty might prefer taking on the role of chief cook and bottle washer.
Prepping your site
If you haven't done much growing before, you may need to get your hands on some extra tools - here we run through your various options!
Before you start sowing your seeds, you may want to check that you're giving them the best home possible.
Think about what you're going to do and where you're going to do it
Follow our step by step guide to sowing wildflower seeds
If you don't have any soil to work with, you may want to use containers
Why not sow your wildflowers in recognisable shape, like a heart-shaped patch cut out of a lawn
Activities & downloads
Here's some things you can do or print out...
....to drum up interest!
Download our Springo Bingo card for people to use to tick off the signs of Spring and start sowing at the right time.
Have an end goal in mind and plan for the end of Summer when it's time to save the wildflower seeds and pass them on to others that may want to sow them in Autumn or next year...
Make plant markers with pebbles that you can use to identify plants and trees in your garden or community space.
A house for solitary bees can be made out of recycled materials, and placed anywhere, no matter where you live in the city or country. A great activity for young kids and adults alike.
Let us know how you get on! You could also join our Wildflower Growers Facebook group to share hints and tips.