A newly founded not-for-profit project has triumphed in the speedy distribution of wildflower seed gift packets to households across Scotland, the initiative has been developed to bring the joy of wildflowers to those currently self-isolating due to the Covid-19 virus. The team behind John Chambers Wildflower Seed was only to keen to support this project through the supply of its ‘Cornfield Annuals Mix’ for distribution. Seeds of Hope Scotland are particularly passionate about wildflowers and the simple pleasure they can bring. They are working to provide up to 10,000 isolated people with a free packet of wildflower seed, and the planting and then future blooms will be a great distraction in the current climate. Wildflowers seeds are a particularly good choice, due to their ease of planting and the swathe of colours they produce that can brighten even the greyest area.
The seed packets will initially be distributed by volunteer groups who are already making essential deliveries to those in most need. Seeds of Hope Scotland have set up a crowdfunder to buy the remaining seed needed, and if they can reach their stretch target, it will mean that up to 400 people can also request that individual wildflower seeds are posted directly to their isolated loved ones.
To donate to the crowdfunding page, visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/seeds-of-hope-scotland
John Chambers Wildflower Manager Stuart Ball commented: ‘What a great project to be involved with, whilst so much focus is on self-isolation and social distancing at the moment, the team behind Seeds of Hope Scotland has come up with an initiative that will provide a different focus. Planting wildflowers has many benefits from increasing biodiversity to replacing wildflower meadows lost since the mid-20th Century, however what must not be under-estimated is the delight they can bring, even brightening an urban setting.’
Seeds of Hope Scotland founder Serena added: ‘The support we’ve received for this project has been overwhelming, with companies donating wildflower seed, a printer producing our postcards at a fraction of the usual price, and volunteer groups keen to help us distribute the seeds. I’m sure the 100% Cornfield Annuals mix supplied by John Chambers Wildflower Seed will provide beauty and a patchwork of colour for those recipients for some time to come.’