Location : Merseyside
EU Investment : £ 913,450
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The National Wildflower Centre Seeds for Growth project consisted of the construction of a national visitor attraction and base for the wildflower seed industry on Merseyside. The project also included the reclamation of the derelict 14 hectare Court Hey Park and the establishment of 30 hectares of wildflowers for seed production along road verges and redundant farmland. The project seeks to address the rapid decline of species richness and diversity in the UK, whilst also addressing climate change impacts on the countryside and delivering environmental justice and employment in deprived urban areas.
The project has resulted in the refurbishment of stable blocks and a walled garden and in the construction of a new, award winning building. The completed centre now houses a café, a shop, conference facilities, offices, seed processing facilities, drying tunnels and exhibition space.
Wildflower sowings are also being actively promoted in public spaces across Merseyside, and particularly in Knowsley, which has become known as ‘the Wildflower Borough.