ABP becomes first port operator to join National Grow Wild Campaign

May 19, 2017

Photo courtesy of Grow Wild

Wild flowers will be springing up in ports across the country, after ABP became the first port operator to join Kew Gardens’ Grow Wild Campaign.

ABP teams are now planting more than 150 kits of wildflower seeds on vacant land across the company’s network of 21 ports. The kits contain enough seeds to cover 1500m2 of land with pollinator-friendly, UK-native varieties of flowers.

Alan Tinline, ABP Head of Environment, who has been coordinating company’s participation in the project, said: "Taking part in this initiative feels natural, as high standards of environmental care and biodiversity awareness are a way of life for us, as 18 of the ports are in or next to nature conservation areas.

“Through creative thinking and hard work, we are aiming to increase the aesthetic appeal of our ports, while at the same time having a positive impact on local ecosystems.”

Tim Owen, Grow Wild Lead Partnership Manager, said: “Grow Wild is really excited to be working with ABP and sharing our kits with their teams based across the UK. We’re always looking for new ways to bring colour and wildlife to people through sowing and growing wild flowers, often in the most unusual places.”

Through participating in this initiative, ABP will be supporting millions of individuals who believe that the simple act of sowing UK native wild flowers can make a difference by bringing neighbourhoods together, connecting people to nature and boosting physical and mental wellbeing.

Lucia Firman, Technical Document Controller at the Port of Lowestoft, said: “Planting up the marina and office at the Port of Lowestoft has been fun and we are happy to be doing our bit to support the environment. Throughout April, we have planted 5 kits of seeds and have even put up several colourful bee homes.”