Each wildflower packet contains:
34 Native wildflower species, carefully selected from reputable and traceable sources in the U.K.
5 different species of specialist grass seed to ensure healthy food webs can be created.
This unique seed packet recipe has been chosen to benefit the most number of pollinator species over the longest flowering period to ensure there is plenty of pollen and nectar as well as associated insects to promote complex healthy habitats and food webs.
Once planted you can take part in citizen science by logging your sowing coordinates to Pollenize's interactive rewilding map.
Pollenize's citizen science seed packets are informed by the data analysis of the following databases on the data.gov.uk website:
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)
Pollenize work closely with local and artisan producers to ensure there is traceability and accountability to their product. They procure seeds on a seasonal basis to enable a wide variety to go into the packets.
Pollenize CIC is a social enterprise based in Plymouth.
Pollinators play a pivotal role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem and are also essential in the provision of food for wildlife and humans.Recent studies across Europe have found that insect numbers have declined by as much as 75% due to loss of habitat through urbanisation, agriculture and the use of harmful chemicals. Pollenize CIC was founded by born and bred Plymouthians (and best friends) Matthew Elmes and Owen Finnie in 2018. It started as an unassuming initiative to create better access to beekeeping equipment and local honey.