Did you know that British wild flowers are in danger of extinction? In the past 70 years we have lost 97% of our wild flower meadows. This loss has changed the look of the British countryside… it’s still green but not half as colourful as it used to be!
The bad news is that losing most of our wild flower meadows has also affected our insects, birds and small mammals. They need pollen, nectar, seeds and leaves to provide them with food and shelter. Without the wild flowers some of our beautiful wild insects and tiny creatures simply can’t survive. And that affects everything.
The good news is that we can reverse the situation by planting the wild flowers that our wild creatures need.
Do you want to do something to help out?
Would you like some free wild flower seeds?
Kew Gardens has joined forces with the Big Lottery Fund to provide free seeds to help get our wild flowers going again.
Their aim is to turn unloved spaces into wildlife friendly havens.
The GROW WILD UK scheme has thousands of free seed kits to give away.
There’s an application form on their website and any groups can apply… organisations, community groups and schools.
Each kit has 5 packets of seeds and each packet will cover at least 2 square metres.
Groups can apply for up to 20 seed kits and they will be posted to you in spring 2016.
***UPDATE MARCH 2016 The Grow Wild offer has now closed so I have removed the link***
What’s not to like? You can plant some wild flowers and help our wildlife in the process!
Many British wild flowers are annuals. They grow, flower, set seed then die in the same year. If you’ve never grown them before I can thoroughly recommend them. They are really easy to grow and often flower just 10 to 12 weeks after sowing. Results are fast so they are brilliant for new gardeners and even small children to grow. You can’t go wrong with these flowers!
FREE SEEDS: If you would prefer to grow some flowers in your own garden rather than as part of a community group then I will happily send you some free seeds. For more information about what our wildlife needs just click the hedgehog. The link to the Free Seeds is at the bottom of that page.
***UPDATE 28th FEBRUARY 2016***
My free seeds offer has now closed. Thanks very much to everyone who applied from November 2015 to February 2016. Your seeds will be posted to you in March. I’m looking forward to seeing the results!
What’s your favourite British wild flower?
Happy Gardening. Gillian 🙂