Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Update: Grow Wild Winners

You'll remember a view posts ago I was encouraging people to vote for their favorite Grow Wild Scottish campaign, well the results are in now! 
 
Grow Wild is an exciting four-year campaign to bring people together to sow UK native wild flowers. Grow Wild is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and led by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew  and everyone is invited to join in. The Grow Wild campaign was running the Grow Wild Scottish Vote which highlights plans put forward by three shortlisted Scottish sites who are hoping to win £100,000 of Grow Wild funding. The sites were nominated by local communities that would benefit from a Grow Wild transformation and then a public vote was put out to select a winner. 
 
Voting closed on November 3rd and the winners are The Waterworks in Barrhead with almost 20,000 people casting their votes online or at a series of community events. The Waterworks in Barrhead aims to transform an abandoned sewage works into an industrial wildlife area for the community to enjoy, using derelict sewage tanks as giant experimental planters where beautiful displays of Scottish wild flower habitats can be carefully created.  The project is being led by East Renfrewshire Council, in conjunction with Barrhead High School and Still Game community group for older residents. The project will revitalise the area by playing on its industrial heritage and imaginatively using old structures to improve the quality of the environment and to give people the opportunity to enjoy native plants.  It will also encourage both young and old members of the community to work together. The site is located in the neighbourhood of Dunterlie in Barrhead, which is ranked by the Scottish Government as within the top 5% of Scotland’s most deprived communities and the project will provide a valuable asset for the local community.
 
The Scottish project was the first to go ahead in the UK, with sites in England, Wales and Ireland following in 2015 and 2016. Over the next three years, 250,000 seed-sowing kits will be distributed through Grow Wild partners, with the particular aim of reaching young people, aged 12 -25, and new audiences who wouldn’t usually engage with environmental or community projects. In particular Grow Wild aims to engage young people by providing opportunities to take direct action and transform local green space, showcasing their drive and creativity to the benefit of the local community.

To see the original blog post about this please click here and to find out more about Grow Wild activities in Scotland please click here.  

How awesome are these drawn flowers by the way?

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