Young People Receive Funding to Increase Wild Flowers in Falkirk

Grow Wild is a £10.5m programme bringing people together to sow, grow and enjoy UK native wild flowers.

07 April 2014

Youth Scotland has been awarded £1,736 by Grow Wild for The Grange Nature Group project in Falkirk, which is being led by a group of 14 young people from the Grange Community Centre Youth Club. The young people at the group want to revitalise the bleak and uninviting space in front of the centre, and plan to tidy up the area, create new raised flowerbeds, plant new shrubs and establish a vegetable garden.

Supported by the Big Lottery Fund and led by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Grow Wild sets out to encourage people to transform urban spaces, gardens and windowsills into wildlife-friendly wild flower patches. The Scottish Grow Wild campaign is partnering with Greenspace Scotland and Youth Scotland.

The young people involved in the project want to use the outdoor space as an extension to their youth club area when the weather permits.  Taking part in the project will assist the young people in achieving a John Muir Award and a Dynamic Youth Award

This month around 80 special Grow Wild projects across the UK, with 13 in Scotland including The Grange Nature Group in Falkirk have been awarded funding to help them transform unloved spaces with life and colour through wild flowers. Ranging from derelict pieces of land, neglected railway sidings and unsightly public toilets, the spaces will get a vibrant new lease of life, thanks to funding from Grow Wild and the energy, effort and creativity of groups of enthusiasts and volunteers. 

The 13 community projects across Scotland have been awarded £41,070 funding in total  including sites in Edinburgh and the Lothians, Glasgow, Fife, Argyll and Bute, Stirling, Falkirk, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire, the Scottish Borders and Shetland.

Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said, "Grow Wild is bringing communities together to transform unused or neglected urban sites and gardens with wild flowers.  It's a great chance for people to get back to their green roots and bring more life and colour to the places where they live. Now Grow Wild is launching a campaign to inspire people to get sowing, to make a real difference to the places where they live so I would encourage communities across Scotland to get involved."

John Nicolson, Area Co-ordinator at Youth Scotland, said: "We are delighted to be a recipient of Grow Wild funding and are looking forward to working in partnership with the Grange Community Centre Youth Club. This grant will give the young people attending the youth club the opportunity of making the exterior of the building much more attractive and welcoming.  In addition the young people are going to learn so much from being involved in this project and gain a meaningful award at the same time."