Grow Wild awards light up Kew Orangery

The Orangery lit up with colour, laughter and wild flower fun for the first ever Grow Wild awards, an opportunity to bring together Grow Wild volunteers, groups, partners and supporters in one of Kew’s most iconic venues. Grow Wild is the national outreach initiative of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, supported by the Big Lottery Fund. They bring communities together to sow, grow and enjoy UK native wild flowers. The awards celebrated the most innovative, creative and impactful projects and groups from all over the UK.

The winners of the Grow Wild Awards 2016 (held 21st October 2016) were:

– Phytology (Best Innovation in England, presented by Grow Wild Partnership Manager for Northern Ireland, Stephanie Baine)

– Wild About The Hillfoots (Best Innovation in Scotland, presented by Grow Wild Partnership Manager for England, Richard Pollard)

– Meadow Champions (Best Innovation in Wales, presented by Grow Wild Partnership Manger for Scotland, Claire Bennett)

– Eufloria (Best Innovation in Northern Ireland, presented by Grow Wild Partnership Manager for Wales, Maria Golightly)

– Coplaw Street Community Garden (Community Project to Make the Greatest Community Impact, presented by Chair of the Big Lottery Fund, Peter Ainsworth)

– Include Us Too (Community Project with Best Youth Involvement, presented by RBG Kew’s Head of Learning and Participation, Julia Willison)

– Flowers of Foyle (Best Transformation of a Space in a Community Project, presented by RBG Kew’s Director of Horticulture Richard Barley)

– City To Sea (Best Use of Promotion by a Community Project, presented by Grow Wild Programme Manager, Philip Turvil)

– You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone (Best Youth ‘Get Creative’ Project, presented by Grow Wild youth volunteer Sunny Hassan)

– Stepping Stones(Best Transformation of a Space by a Youth Project, presented by National Lottery Community Partner from Camelot, Natasha Stonebridge

– Yorkshire Ambulance Service(Best Use of Seed Kits in a Workplace, presented by Grow Wild Lead Partnership Manager, Tim Owen)

– Wildflower Alley (Best Use of Seed Kits by a Charity or Community, presented by Grow Wild Marketing Campaigns Manager, Nikki Mugford)


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Text/Photos Courtesy Philip Turvil – Grow Wild Programme Manager