North Cross wildflower meadow

North CrossPlymouth received a £6,000 Grow Wild award to develop its idea for a dynamic local project. Plymouth's City to Sea project was named as a runner-up for the Grow Wild England flagship site, after a voting campaign that saw a total of nearly 65,000 votes cast in 2014. The project also joined the network of 70 new Grow Wild community projects that were launched in spring 2016.

We've transformed North Cross roundabout into a wildflower haven. The preparation works included stone-burying and seeding which initially looked bare but the site was a riot of colours by June. We hand-seeded the wildflowers on Wednesday 8 April 2015 with the help of Plymouth Environmental Action. FotoNow filmed and photographed the process.

Native wildflowers were sown and provide a stunning array of colour to welcome visitors to the city including:

  • Cornflower
  • Corn marigold
  • Poppy
  • Ox-eye daisy
  • Red campion
  • White campion

The wildflowers will also encourage native pollinators such as bees, hoverflies and butterflies to thrive.

We ran a seed collecting event on 27 August 2015 with the help of Plymouth Environmental Action and volunteers which was a great success.

You can find out more about the project on the Grow Wild website.