Biophilic Wales is a new project from the National Botanic Garden of Wales working to increase the well-being of people, wildlife and the environment, throughout Wales.
We are using the latest conservation methods in monitoring grassland diversity using DNA and are seed banking the most threatened plant species to ensure that nature in Wales is protected for future generations.
Our ‘Inspiring Spaces’ work is transforming amenity grasslands and outdoor areas around hospitals, health centres and residential facilities, by bringing in more nature and beauty. Working in partnership with Swansea Bay University Health Board and our community of volunteers, we’re focusing on developing under-utilised areas into spaces full of wildlife where people can be restored by the natural world.
Wildflower meadows, orchards and art installations are some of the plans that will transform biodiversity but also the mental and physical well-being of patients and the amazing NHS staff. You may have already seen some of the work we had started at Morriston Hospital with the help of our brilliant volunteers.
Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus outbreak we have had to suspend our activities on hospital sites.
However, we are still hard at work making new plans so that when life returns to normal we can give the NHS inspirational green spaces for people to connect with nature.
This is where you can help!
We’re looking for volunteers to grow wildflowers at home that we can then plant out at a Swansea Bay University Health Board clinics and hospitals, when the situation around coronavirus has improved.
We will deliver Biophilic Wales seed packs straight to your door with instructions on how to grow the flowers. The packs will contain several different wildflower species and there will be ample seed for you to grow plants for Swansea Bay University Health Board and to brighten your home and garden.
Wildflowers not only look beautiful but are vital for supporting insects, birds and other wildlife. Nectar and pollen provide food for pollinators such as bumblebees and butterflies and their seeds feed birds through the long winter months.
Gardening is a great way to spend time either indoors or in the garden and is beneficial for your physical and mental well-being. Growing your own wildflowers is a fun way to engage children and get them enthused about the natural world. You can grow as many or as few plants as you like: we want people to enjoy growing wildflowers at home.
You can grow these seeds in any space, in your garden, on a windowsill, wherever you have space! Wildflowers are hardy and survive with low nutrients so are nice and easy to grow.
This is open to households, schools, everyone! We’ll send you the free seed packs and guidance on how to grow these colourful wildflowers. We’re hoping for as many volunteers as possible so that we can make the biggest difference.
When it’s safe to resume working on site, you can drop your plants to us at the National Botanic Garden of Wales or bring them along to one of our events at your hospital or clinic and plant your own flowers!
You will need to complete the form in the link below for us to process your application and to be sent your free seed pack. Due to the high demand there may be a delay receiving your seed packs, but we’ll get them out as soon as we can.
To help you learn more about the wildflowers you are growing, we’ve made these plant profiles:
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. Keep in touch and send us your photos using #JoinOurGrowingTeam
Thank you for your help and good luck!