Grow Wild is the national outreach initiative of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. They are working with individuals, groups and charities to get us all growing wildflowers. As it says on their website,
“In the UK we’re lucky to have some amazing wildflowers, but they’re in danger: we have lost 97% of wildflower meadows since the 1930s. This not only means less colour in our lives but it’s impacting on populations of butterflies, bees, pollinating bugs and birds. We believe that the simple act of sowing UK native wildflowers can make a difference – and that it can bring neighbourhoods together, connect people to nature and boost our wellbeing.”
We couldn’t agree more. And as a charity committed to reducing household food insecurity we know that there is no food without flowers. We need wildflowers for bees and other polliniators and we need the pollinators for our crops. So we are delighted to be able to do our part in growing wild.
We’ll be planting at Ayton, Hawick and with the children at Eyemouth Early Learning Centre so expect some colour over the summer!