October 23, 2018 That's All Media

Kew Gardens Want To Brighten Up Britain

Credit: Daniel Case

Grow Wild is an exciting four-year campaign bringing communities together to help value and grow UK native wildflowers and fungi – and what’s more, everyone is invited to join in.

Grow Wild, in association with Kew Gardens, have funding applications open now for 2019. Grow Wild fund community projects that engage communities with wildflowers and fungi of the UK.

This is not for those living in the stunning countryside, but mostly for people from underprivileged urban areas, offering an opportunity to come together and brighten up their space.

The University of Exeter Medical School has found a correlation between the amount of green space in an area and mental wellbeing. The study shows that people are happier when they are around nature.

Yet Grow Wild say there are more benefits to being involved in this community project. Communities can come together to socialise in a green space and combat loneliness while learning all about nature. It’s also a great way to get some sunshine and boost serotonin – the body’s natural happy hormone.

Grow Wild also focuses on youth, with projects for 12-25 year olds. These aren’t necessarily just giving kids some seeds to plant, they can involve art pieces, film, dance, anything that celebrates the native plants of the UK.

If you have an idea for a green-fingered project then you can get in touch and apply for funding until 10th December 2018. The requirements are that it must have a focus on UK native wildflowers, plants or fungi. You need to have the potential to reach 300 people, and it should be something where people can connect, learn something new, and help each other and nature. Your project should also engage at least one of the following target audiences:

  • Young people aged 12-25
  • Communities living in urban areas
  • Communities experiencing some disadvantage or reduced access to services
  • Adults that are less engaged with their community and environmental activities

Application forms are on their website, go check it out.

Written by: Aiden Perrins

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