Plantlife has launched an ambitious project to create a Bayeux Tapestry celebrating the role of wild plants and trees in the culture history of Britain. It is a public participation project where anyone who is interested can contribute a 15cm fabric square (sewing, weaving, lace, knitting, painting, printing etc) depicting a plant or plants that currently grows wild in Britain. Please visit the online gallery to view the squares (http://wildflowereurope.org/patches/).
We need your help to coordinate this project and to hold exhibitions in different regions of Britain. If you are able, any amount, however small, will help us to coordinate the project more smoothly and to hold more exhibitions.
The aim of the project is to re-inspire interest in the culture and history of wild plants and trees. We aim to bring to life the way in which wild plants and trees are central to the stories of our writers, artists and craftspeople, singers, warriors, kings and queens, healers, of faith, and the international connections that link us to other countries and times. We hope to inspire new audiences and children to look again at the rich culture history of the plants of Britain and to inspire those who want to help conserve them for the future.
The Patchwork Meadow is part of a wider project called Wildflower Europe which is happening in 5 countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Slovenia and the UK). Each country is making their own Patchwork Meadow and holding annual wildflower festivals to raise local awareness and pride in plant rich rural areas and to bring targeted economic benefits through tourism services, local farming products and craft markets. There is also a training element to help develop tools to make community history archives. Please visit the website to find out more about Wildflower Europe and the wildflower festivals (www.wildflowereurope.org). The Wildflower Festival in the UK will be the Wild North Festival in Caithness and Sutherland in June/July 2013, coordinated by the North Highland Initiative.