The Grasslands Trust (TGT) – Weald Meadows Nectar Networks (WMNN) are delighted to be a part of this week’s celebratory opening of the main production beds of the UK Native Seed Hub. Set in beautiful High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty landscape – this will be a new visitor attraction for RBG Kew at Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, West Sussex.
For the last two years, under our Memorandum of Collaboration with RBG Kew-Wakehurst, I have been privileged to support this valuable project, which initially aims to illustrate and bulk up key native wildflower species. As a member of the operations team, I have harvested selected wildflower seeds and given advice to support those species sown and planted out on the main site. It is set to be a momentous day, with our own Keith Datchler OBE and TGT and HWLT (High Weald Landscape Trust) Trustee, proud to be asked to officially open the site.
The morning launch is the culmination of a huge amount of work delivered by horticultural and Millennium Seed Bank staff at Wakehurst. Using their considerable skills, they have germinated a number of local Weald wildflower species, as part of their Esmée Fairbairn Foundation funded project.
We hope to see you there to view the landscape with its plot grown wildflower species, wildflower sculptures and the happy honey bees. The site will be open to the public from the afternoon of the 17th July – following the formal opening and celebration in the morning.
Dawn Brickwood, Meadows Officer
The Grasslands Trust – Weald Meadows Nectar Networks