The wildflower growing project is an opportunity to give back to the Croal-Irwell Valley and its nature networks, which have been crucial for our mental and physical wellbeing, especially over the past year.
The project is free to join, no experience is necessary and it's suitable for all ages. Growing red campion from seed on your windowsill, balcony or garden will create plug plants to be planted along the Kingfisher Trail in autumn. The project is also part of our long-term plans to restore native woodland habitats and create nature networks along the Trail.
Participants can pick up a growing pack from The HIVE at Moss Bank Park, which includes:
- Red campion seeds
- Growing trays
- Recycled, peat-free compost
- Kingfisher Trail guide
Each week, each person will receive a weekly newsletter with growing advice and activities. The project will run for eight weeks, and everyone involved will be invited to join planting days organised in the autumn, so they can see their beautiful blooms returned to the Kingfisher Trail.
Everyone should have the opportunity to experience the joy of wildlife in their own lives, but many face barriers to volunteering. This is why we're particularly keen to encourage local people who haven't volunteered before, or who wouldn't usually volunteer outdoors. Growing wildflowers from seed can happen in any household; on your windowsill, balcony or garden; in a flat, a bungalow or terraced house.