A thousand sunflowers: a million smiles

Sunflowers for Change is back again for summer 2015!!

Throughout April and May we’ll be recruiting volunteers to be part of this impactful community project. Now’s your chance to be part of the change – help in transforming the urban New Cross environment by creating bountiful habitats to improve biodiversity and create habitat for bees and birds.

There are a wide variety of volunteer roles available to suit your schedule and interest. It’s a great opportunity to involve yourself with an innovative community project!

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And join in at our planting events: when  we’ll be transplanting our baby sunflowers into their permanent homes. Wear casual, comfortable clothes (that you don’t mind getting dirty) and sturdy shoes. Tools and gloves will be provided.

June 24th, 7 – 8:30pm

Join us planting out a final batch of sunflowers to replace some of the damaged seedlings from our first round of planting. We’ll be starting at the Lewisham Way site and then covering a few others during the 1.5 hour time slot, so please arrive promptly at 7pm so you can stick with the team as they move from site to site.

Meet on the corner of Lewisham Way and St Donats Road (just opposite the Old Haberdasher pub.

June 27th, 2 – 4pm

Join us planting out a final batch of sunflowers to replace some of the damaged seedlings from our first round of planting. We’ll be starting at the bus stop site, in front of the Lewisham homes flats and then covering a few others during the 2 hour time slot, so please arrive promptly at 2pm so you can stick with the team as they move from site to site.

Meet at the site planted behind the bus stop, near # 221 New Cross Road, in the front grounds of the Lewisham Homes flats, directly behind bus stop H.

Or collect seeds to sow yourself: pick some up from New Cross Learning, 283 New Cross Road or from Goldsmiths Student Union reception.

One thought on “A thousand sunflowers: a million smiles

 

Hi I love this project and helped out a bit last year. Just want to flag up the value of perennial wildlife planting too, alongside annual sunflower and meadow sowing. This is obviously valuable in terms of building community and creating colour, variety and interest – but relies on an annual commitment and funding to make it happen.
Perennial wildlife-friendlyshrubs like those planted behind Sainsbury’s petrol station adjacent to the A2 are fantastic for biodiversity, bees, other pollinators and birds. Right now they’re covered in bumblebees as they are covered in sweet-smelling flowers, and earlier in the year they were popular with songbirds including blackbirds and songthrushes – feeding on the berries. Not only that, but because the shrub is thick they were nesting in it and because it’s thick and thorny it keeps out predators and vandals. No work is needed, no watering so very sustainable – why don’t we plant more of these type of shrubs around, alongside the sunflowers and meadows? So there’s something for wildlife all year round? This is something I have experience in when I worked for London Wildlife Trust’s Natural Estates project.

David Wild

Wildlife Photographer at Growwild.org.uk
I'm obsessed with photography, taking on projects involving animals, environmental causes and gardening projects. I live in London, in the United Kingdom.

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