Growing wild at the Street

Words and photos by Dave Barry

Green-fingered folk joined Growing Opportunities at the Street in Scarborough to sow wild flowers given to them by Kew Gardens’ Grow Wild project.

Supported by the Big Lottery Fund, Grow Wild is the national outreach initiative of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew.

Through it, millions of people are doing something positive where they live - connecting with wildflowers, fungi and places around them, taking notice of nature, getting active, learning new things and sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm.

In the Scarborough area, dozens of groups took up Grow Wild’s offer of a free wildflower growing kit, fulfilling the aim of the event, to bring such groups together.

Ben Fisher, Grow Wild’s engagement manager for the north of England, was on hand to provide expert advice.

He said he was delighted to see so many groups taking part in the project on the Yorkshire coast. 

The wildflowers will attract bees and butterflies to the Street garden.

The project boosts the work of Growing Opportunities and Coast and Vale Community Action to transform the area into a people- and wildlife-friendly space.