We are delighted that the Morfa Gateway project is being supported during 2019 by Grow Wild.
This will enable us to bring lots of community activities and native wildflowers to our site in Prestatyn.
Including the popular walk with Maria from Grow Wild Wales. As part of the Prestatyn and Clwydian Range Walking Festival on Friday 17th May 2019.
Support from Grow Wild will also enable us to build upon our volunteer and social prescribing activities. Including the Nature For Health initiative.
You can view our community project page on the Grow Wild website here.
Why are wildflowers so special?
Wildflowers and wildflower-rich habitats support insects and other wildlife.
In the UK, we need a wide range of wildflowers to provide pollinators (bees and other insects that pollinate plants) with local food sources across the seasons – including times when crops aren’t producing flowers.
Many of our favourite fruits, vegetables and nuts rely on insect pollination. For example, in the UK strawberries, raspberries, cherries and apples need to be pollinated by insects to get a good crop.
Currently, the insects do this job for free! But if the UK doesn’t have a large enough insect population we may need to develop artificial pollination methods, which takes a lot of time and is expensive.
As many gardeners know, insects and other animals can also help in the fight against crop pests (animals and insects that damage crops and plants). This means that farmers may have to rely even more heavily on pesticides if these ‘good’ animals and insects can’t help.
Wildflowers also contribute to scientific and medical research. Some UK native wildflowers contain compounds which can be used in drugs to treat diseases. For example, foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea) contain chemicals used to treat heart conditions. If we were to lose wildflower species, we could lose potential new medicines.
Just as importantly, perhaps, wildflowers are beautiful and provide us with habitats that buzz with life.
There are also strong cultural bonds that exist with recognisable species such as poppies, which remind us of lives lost in world wars, or of dandelions which may remind us of childhood summers.
About Grow Wild:
Grow Wild is the national outreach initiative of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Kew). The programme takes Kew’s message outside the walls of our two botanic gardens, reaching new and different audiences. Supported by the National Lottery Community Fund, and through private and public contributions.
Through Grow Wild, Kew is inspiring millions of people to grow as a group, get active, learn about and engage with nature, and give back through volunteering. All of which can improve health and wellbeing, as well as urban and unloved spaces across the UK.
Grow Wild plays an integral part of Kew’s strategic priorities helping to create and deliver an outstanding outreach proposition, which will help Kew achieve its vision of a world where plants and fungi are understood, valued and conserved – because our lives depend on them.
Grow Wild brings thousands of people together each year to value and enjoy wildflowers and fungi. Supported by the National Lottery Community Fund, and through private and public contributions.
About the National Lottery Community Fund:
We are the largest community funder in the UK. We’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.
We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives.
At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive.
Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK wide charities. Enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.