New Cross Grows Summer

24 Apr

New Cross Sunflowers viewing

Where might you find a thousand sunflowers turning their heads towards the sunshine—the French countryside in high summer? Or the A2? One of southeast London’s busiest, grittiest thoroughfares may seem an unlikely spot but it’s true thanks to an unprecedented collaboration between local schools, shops and community groups initiated by New X ING and funded by Grow Wild. In addition to brightening the A2, the flowers will provide much needed foraging for bees in one of the only places  in the country with a growing bee population.

Starting this week, one thousand sunflower seeds will be planted and nurtured in pots in schools and homes across New Cross with a vision to bring growing sunshine to the A2 this summer. Local volunteers from Grow Wild, Greenshoots, Common Growth, New Cross Gate Trust, New Cross Learning, Goldsmiths, local schools, shops and homes will be watching over these small seeds in pots and in beds along the A2 and by the entrance to Sainsbury’s next to the petrol station.

Those plants growing in schools and homes will be transplanted over the next few months, with support and maintenance shared among the community. We hope to explore unusual sites for the sunflowers—billboards, roof terraces, windows, balconies, in shop windows and on the pavements—to create an urban wilderness of sunflowers

By late summer, there should hopefully be a landscape of sunflowers, culminating in a Harvest party in September. We’re excited about making the A2 grow wild, grow beautiful.

If you want to help out let us know (email! Next community planting session is Saturday 27 Apr 1-3.30pm by the entrance to Sainsburys. Or join the seed planting session at New Cross Learning baby bounce session Tues 30 Apr 11am-12pm.

3 Responses to “New Cross Grows Summer”

  1. Toni Abram April 27, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    Have just been reading about your sunflower project and thought I would tell you about my own. For the past three years, I have run a project to raise awareness of the rare neuromuscular conditions known as centronuclear and myotubular myopathy (

    You can learn more about The Big Sunflower Project at:


    If I can interest you in any any seeds (I have flower seeds and vegetable seeds), please get in touch. All I ask in return is for some photographs and maybe some information about your project for one of my newsletters this year.

    Good luck with your sunflowers.

    • Changing the Logic April 28, 2013 at 10:43 am #

      Thanks for that Toni – I will pass on info to the Grow Wild team. And yes I’m sure they will e back to you for seeds, we always need those!

      • tonilouisa April 29, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

        Thank you. Would be lovely to have them involved.

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