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Celebrities Show Support For Patchwork Wild Flower Meadow
Alan Titchmarsh, Sarah Beeny and Ian Hislop are among celebrities who’ve shown “sew” much support for a project to create a giant patchwork meadow of British wild flowers.
September 30 2013
Plantlife's giant patchwork of over 4,000 handmade squares has caught the attention of celebrities. Showcasing floral themed patches sewn and sent in by people across the UK, this unique piece of public art celebrates Britain's love affair with wild flowers. Now the likes of Alan Titchmarsh, Ian Hislop and Sarah Beeny have been presented with their very own "Celebrity Squares":
One of the Nation’s favourite gardeners, Alan Titchmarsh chose cowslip for his square:
“Cowslips are a wonderful reward for the better and more thoughtful management of meadows and roundabouts. They are a sign that spring has really arrived - a time of renewal and promise that fills any onlooker with joy."
"And the bee orchid is a rare treasure that I aspire to establish in my wild flower meadow. The most complex of flowers, it really is a miracle of nature and one day I hope I can lie in the grass and look at a swathe of bee orchids in the Sunshine. Magical!"
TV presenter Sarah Beeny chose blue forget-me-not:
“May is the perfect month in my book - it not only is the month that two of my sons and my husband have birthdays but its also stuffed full of bank holidays and somehow gardens are a brighter fresher green than any other month of the year. Forget-me-nots sum up May to me - they transform where ever they grow and happen to smell perfectly lovely!"
A square for Ian Hislop depicts perhaps the earliest satirical mention of a British wild plant in the Epigrams of Martial.
Martial claims that the Romans are passing off imported British willow or rush baskets as local products. Ian comments that it is “Good to see Martial exposing a European scam at the expense of the honest painted British basket worker”
Actor Tim Bentinck, who plays David Archer, in The Archers, chose bracken:
“As I child I used to build camps on common land near Berkhamsted. These were often bomb craters which we covered with branches and bracken. From here we could ambush passing strangers, or even use them as Heffalump traps. The smell of bracken IS my childhood.”
Created with dark green silk from her native India, Joanna Lumley was delighted to see her choice of cow parsley created in tiny beads.
The delicate flowers froth alongside roads and hedgerows throughout early summer.
Survival expert and TV presenter Ray Mears chose cuckoo flower, also known as lady’s smock.
This native beauty brings a touch of delicate mauve to damp grasslands, road verges and river banks and provides food to for native butterflies like the orange-tip.
Plantlife’s report Our Vanishing Flora reveals that ten wild flowers have become extinct in Britain since the coronation and that, on average, almost one species of wild flower is being lost from each county in Britain every year. It’s hoped the “Patchwork Meadow” project will help raise awareness that our native flora is in real trouble and remind people why they are worth saving. The Patchwork Meadow is on display at The William Morris Society in London until the 7th of November 2013.