Friday, July 6, 2018 - 15:00

Drifts of freshly-sown wildflowers are bursting into bloom at the Eden Project in Cornwall in time for National Meadows Day tomorrow (Saturday July 7).

Brilliant displays of the UK’s best known wildflowers including poppies, cornflowers, daisies and corn marigolds now decorate pockets across the landscape outside the world-famous Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes.

National Meadows Day is dedicated to celebrating and protecting the vanishing wildflower meadows and the wealth of wildlife they support:

Earlier this spring, Eden embarked on a wildflower sowing plan to mark an exciting new chapter as the National Wildflower Centre has made its new home inside the Eden Project.

The vision is to paint new canvases of wildflowers across the UK in surprising and unexpected places and the planting on site is the first chapter.

Tuesday (July 10) will see the official launch of Eden as the new home of the NWC with a celebration of new partnerships and a commitment to re-establishing the rich meadowland heritage across the country.

Eden Co-Founder Sir Tim Smit said: “As we near high summer it’s a fine time to remind everyone of the wonder of wildflowers and how meadows are vital in protecting a vast range of wildlife. 

“National Meadows Day tomorrow is a great showcase and the launch of the National Wildflower Centre at Eden on Tuesday is a very exciting moment in the work we and our partners are doing to bring wildflowers back to the landscape.”

The NWC has relocated to Cornwall. New programmes are being devised with the bold aims of reversing ecological decline and bringing wildflowers back into the UK’s living culture.

The NWC is establishing creative conservation projects in urban and rural areas across the country and using wildflowers as a conduit for new cultural ecology projects. Above all the aim is to use wildflowers to bring biodiversity, delight and colour into the lives of communities, bridging social divides and stereotypes.

A new facility is being established at Eden, including seed cleaning and seed storage facilities. The aim is to build up living seed banks, and work with other advocates to display and incorporate this legacy into the UK’s urban and rural landscapes.

National Wildflower Centre Director Richard Scott said: “The Eden Project demonstrates wildflowers from all over the world – so is a great place to emphasise the positive choice and ecology of wildflowers and their place in culture.

“Wildflowers need a helping hand to put them back as a matter of urgency and pride, to colour and bring biodiversity back to the landscape. Everyone can help by sowing seed and introducing biodiversity into their lives.”

The National Wildflower Centre opened in 2000 as a Millennium Project, providing a charitable visitor attraction, educational facility and conference and function venue in Court Hey Park, in the Knowsley borough of Merseyside.

The re-establishment of the NWC at Eden was generously supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Charitable Trust.