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Celebrities support Patchwork Meadow project
CELBRITY supporters are doing their bit for a Salisbury conservation charity’s efforts to highlight Britain’s wildflowers.
Plantlife, based in Rollestone Street, has collected more than 4,000 handmade squares to create a patchwork tapestry celebrating the nation’s wildflowers, including the handiwork of gardener and broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh and TV presenter Sarah Beeny.
The charity began the project last year, asking the public to join the tapestry project, which was showcased it at the Royal Horticultural Society show in July.
Titchmarsh created a square for cowslip and bee orchid. “Cowslips have reappeared in greater numbers over the past few years,” he said. “They are a sign that spring has really arrived – a time of renewal and promise that fills any onlooker with joy. “The bee orchid is a rare treasure I aspire to establish in my wildflower meadow. It really is a miracle of nature.”
Beeny chose blue forget-me-not, and survival expert Ray Mears chose cuckoo flower, also known as lady’s smock.
Plantlife also created squares inspired by people in the public eye, including London Mayor Boris Johnson. The square they made for him celebrates the Roman Floral Games and the London Olympics, portraying the Mayor of London as a Roman senator with a traditional wreath of violets and the county flower of London, rosebay willowherb.
Plantlife’s Our Vanishing Flora report revealed Britain has lost ten species of wildflowers in the last 60 years. It is hoped the patchwork project will help raise awareness and remind people why they are worth saving.
The patchwork meadow is on display at The William Morris Society in London until November 7, before an exhibition at Salisbury Arts Centre which will run from November 14 to December 18.
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