The Stopwatch Gardener

A gardening blog from Sheila M. Averbuch

Have you voted for the Scottish site to win a wildflower transformation?


The Sarah Raven special a couple years ago about Bees, Butterflies and Blooms opened my eyes about the need for more pollen and nectar-rich flowers for bees and other pollinators, and the viper’s bugloss I planted in the garden last year were, along with my oregano plants, complete magnets for all kinds of beautiful insects this summer. I’ve become as excited about bees as I became about frogs after getting over my initial queasiness about them. Big community spaces have a huge role to play in supporting insect life, so if you are reading this, please could you take a moment to vote in the Grow Wild competition? Three sites across Scotland who’ve submitted plans for new community gardens have now been shortlisted to win a £100,000 Grow Wild transformation, supported by the Big Lottery Fund: the transformation of the winning site will include large sowings of UK native wildflowers.

The shortlist of sites in Greenock, Livingston and Barrhead has been put together following a call made to people to nominate a site in their community that would benefit from a Grow Wild transformation. The judges went through submissions from youth groups, community associations and residents groups, artists, high school design students, and landscape architects, who’ve pulled together some inspirational plans, and the three shortlisted Scottish projects now need your vote.

Win tea for two at the Botanics in Edinburgh or Glasgow – leave a comment on this blog

There are only a few days left to vote, so please cast your Grow Wild vote here, where you can also read more about the three shortlisted sites. Leave a comment on this blog, or re-tweet my tweet to let people know you have voted, and I’ll put you in a draw to win a gorgeous afternoon tea for two at Edinburgh Botanic Gardens or Glasgow Botanic Gardens.

The three sites in the running to win the £100,000 prize are:

  • Belville in Greenock
  • Frog Pond, Dedridge, Livingston, West Lothian
  • The Water Works, Barrhead, East Renfrewshire

Have you voted yet? Go vote! Voting runs until midnight on 3 November and the winner will be announced in mid-November. Don’t forget to leave your comment below, or re-tweet my tweet letting people know you voted, and I’ll put you in the draw to win the gorgeous afternoon tea.

UPDATE:  Thank you to everyone who voted – Waterworks in Barrhead won the Grow Wild £100 000 funding!  Almost 20,000 people across Scotland voted for the three projects in total.  Thanks so much to everyone who spoke up to have their voice heard on this vote.

6 Comments to

“Have you voted for the Scottish site to win a wildflower transformation?”

  1. On October 29th, 2013 at 9:36 pm Susan Reid Says:

    Hard choice, but I have voted!

  2. On October 29th, 2013 at 11:50 pm The StopWatch Gardener Says:

    Thanks, Susan, I know, they’re all such great ideas!

  3. On October 30th, 2013 at 8:33 pm Elizabeth Cochrane Says:

    Hi there,
    I have voted for The Frog Pond in Livingston, naturally, as I live immediately adjacent to it! For years the pond was neglected and an eyesore, but it was cleaned up recently. It would be fabulous to see it enhanced with all those beautiful wild flowers. I would be more inclined to visit it, as will many others. I’m a pensioner with plenty of time to make use of it for lovely walks. Young people also frequent it as there is a cycle track which also has been upgraded recently and is well used and popular. Whichever site wins, however, will be a worthy winner as they are all deserving.
    Elizabeth Cochrane

  4. On October 30th, 2013 at 9:34 pm The StopWatch Gardener Says:

    Thanks for your comment Elizabeth, it sounds like a great project!

  5. On October 31st, 2013 at 9:37 am Fidi Says:

    I love frogs and think they are incredibly important for our ecosystem so you know what I’ve voted!

    All projects sounds great anyway!

  6. On October 31st, 2013 at 10:02 am The StopWatch Gardener Says:

    I am a slight frog addict myself – thank you Fidi for your vote!!

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