In spring 2014, the River of Flowers team will be liaising with different community groups and other organisations in Manchester and York, thanks to brilliant support from Grow Wild, to help them curate and procure native wildflowers and wild flo
About us: how we are growing!
River of Flowers is growing even WILDER in 2014 thanks to Artists Project Earth and Grow Wild. This means we are able to connect with even more community groups in cities such as Bristol, Manchester and York.
FEED THE BEES THAT FEED US!
Artists Project Earth is a collective of artists, scientists, journalists, environmentalists, film makers and authors, who believe passionately in raising awareness about what climate change means to the world and in educating and helping people to overcome the obstacles to achieving a low carbon lifestyle.
Grow Wild is a dynamic £10.5m mass participation programme to bring people and communities together to sow, grow and enjoy UK native wild flowers. Funded by the Big Lottery Fund and led by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Grow Wild aims to inspire people to transform unloved urban spaces, gardens and windowsills with nature into wildlife-friendly wild flower patches.
WILDFLOWERS ARE SLOW FOOD FOR BEES!
Link to our latest Wild City Blog and read about our Pollination Vision
Growing Wild and Edible Plants in the Urban Landscape - the River of Flowers report for the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust describes innovative and inspiring projects in five North American cities.
THANKS TO EVERYONE MAKING THE CITY A BETTER PLACE FOR POLLINATORS, PLANTS AND PEOPLE!
The 'river' in River of Flowers is an evocative way of describing the planting of urban meadows in 'trails' or 'rivers' of floral forage and habitat for bees, butterflies and other insect pollnators. It describes the flight path of the pollinators as much as it does the flow of wildflowers.
An urban meadow is our term for a diverse collection of native wildflowers, even wild flowering trees, and their pollinators growing in any viable urban space from balconies to bus stops, community gardens to churchyards, farms to flyovers, pavements to parks, orchards to overpasses and roofs to roundabouts, all creating routes and even bridges for bees!
A bee has no borders or boundaries. It does not distinguish between wildflowers or cultivated edibles, between public or private land, and between wildflower gardens or what has sprung up naturally. Wherever a wildflower grows and a bee can forage, there is the River of Flowers.
Image taken from the Highline Walking Tour © Friends of the Highline