Time for Maidenhead to get on the wild side

Time for Maidenhead to get on the wild side

Katherine Denham

Time for Maidenhead to get on the wild side

A flower-growing enthusiast is encouraging more people to lend a hand in preventing the UK’s natural habitats from dying out.


Rachel Cook, from Boyn Hill, is involved in the Grow Wild campaign, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, and is giving away a dozen free wildflower kits in Maidenhead.

The campaign was set up to save birds, butterflies and bees, which are all struggling due to recent bad weather, the use of pesticides, and the rise in buildings.

Rachel was also runner-up in the Royal Borough's Bright Ideas competition, launched for people to suggest projects that would 'make life better' for people.

Her idea was to plant wild flowers in the borough's parks and the first stage will see seeds sown in Oaken Grove Park on Tuesday April 29.

The mum-of-three said: "Planting wildflowers is a lovely thing to do as a group and it can bring life to a street.

"I think it’s important to involve children because it gives them an understanding of science and nature and how things grow, and it also helps them make friends."

The 38-year-old is also founding member of the wildlife group Eco@Oaken which was set-up to connect those concerned about the natural landscape of Oaken Grove Park.

She believes being surrounded by a clean and natural environment is important not just for enjoyment, but for physical and mental wellbeing as well.

Rachel added: "When we build things we need to think more about how we are going to manage the land and what we are going to plant, not just trees."

Email rachelcook@rocketmail.com to apply for a free wildflower kit which contains five packets of wildflower seeds and a bee house for solitary bees.

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