Wild flowers funding available for young people

Scentimental Journey, one of Grow Wild's 2015 youth projects in Worthing
Scentimental Journey, one of Grow Wild's 2015 youth projects in Worthing

YOUNG people are being offered the chance to win £500 to help transform their community with wild flowers.

Grow Wild, led by Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and supported by the Big Lottery Fund, is making a UK-wide search to find the most exciting plans for transforming a space with native plants, wild flowers and plants.

Successful applicants aged 12 to 25 will receive funding and support to produce visual artwork, music or spoken words that conveys the importance of native wild flowers and wild spaces, or to sow, grow and enjoy wild flowers in a communal space.

Andy Howes, project leader for Scentimental Journey, one of Grow Wild’s 2015 youth projects in Worthing, said: “We were given the opportunity to renovate a garden at Goring Hall Hospital which was made possible thanks to the Grow wild funding we received. Funding the project was indeed our greatest worry, however thanks to Grow Wild we were able to relax and get on with the task at hand.

“As well as general design and gardening skills, we also learned ew ways of working as a team and organising each other as well as ourselves. For me the part I most enjoyed was being able to implement my ideas and designs, and seeing them work with the rest of the team.”

The Get Creative award is open under two age categories, under 18s (12 to 17) and over 18s (18 to 25), and winning applicants will get the chance to exhibit their artwork or perform their audio piece outdoors at a high profile UK summer event.

There is an additional Transform a Space award, which provides an opportunity for young people who want to work together to transform a local space using native plants and wild flowers.

The deadline for entries for Get Creative is February 22. For more information, visit www.growwilduk.com or email growforit@growwilduk.com or call 020 8332 5445.

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