Recent research carried out by the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) found that almost three million people have taken up gardening as a past time since the beginning of the pandemic. To encourage this further, local housebuilder Barratt London has donated 150 seed bombs to pupils at Vaughan Primary School local to its Eastman Village development on Hargrave Drive.
Seed bombs, also known as guerrilla gardening or seed balls, are a natural seeding technique to create a mini meadow of flowers. Each seed bomb is a tiny individual ecosystem, encased in sustainable compost to protect the native wildflower seeds from predators such as birds and ants, whilst giving them the much-needed nutrients for the beginning of their lives.
Ed McCoy, Sales and Marketing Director for Barratt West London, comments: “Coinciding with Spring, we are excited to get this campaign underway in partnership with Vaughan Primary School. The seed bombs are a fun way for children to get excited about gardening and bringing new life to their outside space.”
Seema Varsani, Assistant headteacher at Vaughan Primary School said: “We are very keen to encourage our students to explore the outdoors. This donation is an exciting new way to enhance the natural beauty in our school gardens. The children dispersed the seed bombs around where we have planted new trees around the perimeter of our fence on the playground, and we are looking forward to seeing what happens.”
Barratt London is building over 2,000 new homes at its Eastman Village development in Harrow. As well as the newly planted trees, sustainable measures at the development include: thermal storage vessels and Solar Photovoltaics (PVs) on roof space to generate renewable electricity. The much-loved local landmark, the iconic factory chimney, is being framed by a new building providing an eco-friendly energy centre to heat the homes, along with 620 square metres of community space.