Following the success of our previous crowdfunder, where we set up beehives to collect data about the ecosystem health of the city, we now want to create more diverse and healthier habitat for our pollinators and insects with these seed packets.
Much of the public feel deeply concerned about climate change, but are very short on options to fight back against it. The most prevalent methods are sacrificial life-choices - use less plastic, change diet etc.
What we’re offering is for the public to take action in an exciting way that can feel like an addition to their lifestyle, as opposed to subtraction.
Our rewilding seed packets are a simple and effective way to take action and put the power in the children's hands. They are the custodians of the planet, and we want them to be driving force for creating a healthier habitat for insects and pollinators.
We have an amazing opportunity to unlock a potential £30,000 extra funding from Plymouth City Council. The fund is called 'City Change Fund'. We need to reach 25% of our target to unlock this funding. Help us get there!
Legacy to the seed packets
To ensure the seed packets have some legacy, we want children to plant across the city. We are working with PCC and Greenminds so each school will have an area to rewild with their teachers.
Alternatively, if a school has an area they wish to rewild, they can do this also.
We want to encourage the children to document the growth and visitation from pollinators in their assigned areas across the city. If children send in their photos of them and their wildflower area to our social media, we can celebrate them by becoming a ‘Top Sower’ for the city.
- Enabling kids to be eco-heros
- Contributing to citizen science
- Creating rewilding areas for insects and pollinators
- Contributing to scientific research on the health of our urban environment
Why do we need the funding?
The funding will enable us to initiate a mass city wide sowing of DNA analysis & government database informed rewilding seed packets by school children to ensure all insect habitats and their associated food webs are insured for years to come.
The funding will also enable us to expand our operation to collect more data from more sites across the city and South West. Gathering scientific data from the hives will ensure that we are informing how we can plant better to create climate resilient environments.
Your pledge will help us unlock 'Extra funding' from Plymouth City Council's - City to Change Fund and Climate Emergency Bonus Fund, meaning we can deliver:
- As many seed packets as possible at £5 each.
- Project instruction/lesson video for mass sowing day in Spring 2021
These seed packets will contain over 100 species of native wildflowers, that will address floral gaps identified by the 2020 season's pollen DNA analysis and data.gov.uk databases:
- Plant-pollinator interactions database for construction of potential networks (all known pollinator-plant interactions on mainland GB)
- Insect species richness for each plant species and insect-plant interactions from the Database of Insects and their Food Plants [DBIF] (over 60,000 insect-plant interactions with native plants)
This will ensure all insect/pollinator habitats and their associated food webs are insured for years to come.
How to pledge
Public we need your help!
- Individual Sponsorship for seeds for schools:
Buy a seed packet and we will add it to overall number of total seed packets from the crowdfunder. Each £5 raised will buy a seed packet for a school child and their school. We will distribute the seed packets amongst schools actively taking part in this campaign.
- Individual purchase for seeds for your garden at home:
When you purchase a seed packet, we send it to you, and you can create a buzz in your garden.
Business we need your help!
- Business Sponsorship for seeds for schools:
When you purchase our seed packets, we will add it to overall number of total seed packets from the crowdfunder. Each £5 raised will buy a seed packet for a school child and their school. We will distribute the seed packets amongst schools actively taking part in this campaign.
Our annual business patronage options:
Check out this bonus for becoming a patron!
How to take part in our citizen seed sowing project
A big lesson in every seed packet
Our citizen science seed map allows the public to log their sowing coordinates so people can see where everyone is planting in the city for effective crowdsourced sowing.
Learning outcomes for the children:
- Engaged in the fight against climate change
- Take part in the City of Plymouth's biggest citizen science experiment
- Understand the importance of biodiversity and pollination
- Learn about DNA and species of wildflowers
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