Northern Irish public to decide who receives £120,000 funding to help communities bloom
On 6th October Grow Wild launched a huge voting campaign to find a flagship site in Northern Ireland. One project will receive £120,000 of funding to create an inspiring wild flower haven full of colour and wildlife for everyone to enjoy – and now it’s up to the public to decide who wins.
Three sites have been shortlisted, in Belfast, Coleraine and Derry/Londonderry, for the chance to transform local spaces with native wild flowers and inspire their communities.
All three of the shortlisted projects are brilliant and unique. Each bring beautiful wild flowers into their local communities and will give opportunities for people to find out more about nature. The projects all benefit the whole of Northern Ireland by helping us understand how important our natural environment is.
Help your favourite project realise its vision to become Grow Wild’s Northern Ireland flagship by going online at voteni.growwilduk.com or vote by telephone for free.
Each of the three projects has its own unique vision on how to use wild flowers to unite the local community and to make the most of spaces for nature and people alike. The site that wins the public vote will be completed by summer 2016.
Grow Wild is supported by the Big Lottery Fund and led by the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. The campaign aims to bring colour to local spaces and drive community spirit through providing opportunities to engage with wild flowers, particularly for young people.
Choose your favourite Grow Wild flagship project from the following – by telephone or visiting voteni.growwilduk.com. Voting runs to midnight 1 November.
The Northern Irish flagship project will run alongside a flagship project for Wales, following the successes of the English flagship in 2015 and Scottish flagship in 2014.
It’s up to you, the people of Northern Ireland, to make the decision on which project gets the £120,000 funding and the chance to provide local people with a range of benefits associated with growing and enjoying wild flowers.
City of Wildflowers, Belfast
City of Wildflowers aims to bring wild flowers to all corners of Belfast for everyone to enjoy. The project will improve biodiversity across the city, give “wildflower makeovers” to well-known sites across Belfast and create a seed hub and the skills to address Northern Ireland’s need for a variety of wild flowers. The project is led by Belfast City Council. To vote for City of Wildflowers, call 0808 228 7701
Flowers of Foyle, Creggan, Derry/Londonderry
Flowers of Foyle will see a “river” of wild flowers flow from Creggan Country Park to the River Foyle and across the iconic Peace Bridge, with it bringing recreation, education, new skills and health benefits to the people of Derry/Londonderry. This project is led by Creggan Country Park. To vote for Flowers of Foyle, call 0808 228 7702
The Cornfield Project, Coleraine
The Cornfield Project will use wild flowers, natural colour and community activities to bring an underused area back to life. Located between two housing estates, the site will bring people together to enjoy wild flowers through sensory gardens, outdoor classrooms, allotments, youth areas and much more. The project is led by Focus on Family, nurturing and development centre. To vote for The Cornfield Project, call 0808 228 7703