I've always loved gardening. I have a garden at home where I grew up, where I've carved out my little wildflower patch much to the decry of my parents. When I saw the Grow Wild opportunity on Instagram I thought, it won’t take much to do a two-minute application video. I never thought I'd get accepted, so I'm happy I did, and I thought, well, why not do it? Why not have a fun project? Something else other than medicine?
The initial plan was to make a wildflower patch at the back of the University campus (King's College London) growing troughs of pretty flowers, but troughs are more expensive than I realised. Instead, I went for fabric bags, wildflower soil, and seeds.
A lab technician who ran the community garden (Olly), along with several other people who work in the lab, took a lot of interest. Everyone was very active in ordering the parts and discussing what pots, seeds, water, etc. we needed, to make sure people feel shared ownership of the project.