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Grow fungus with us!

It is estimated that 90 per cent of plants rely on fungi to live and that 93 per cent of the world’s fungal species are yet to be discovered. Fungi have the potential to unlock sustainable sources of food, material and medicine, as well as other solutions to problems faced by humanity.

And yet the number of mycologists (fungi experts) in the UK has declined by 20 per cent and many mycologists are close to retirement.

We usually announce applications for our free fungus labs in autumn, so make sure you're following us on social media and signed up to our newsletter to hear about the launch first!

 

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Not enough people know about the importance of fungi...

...which is why, every autumn, we’re giving you the chance to grow your own fungus with a Grow Wild fungus lab – a box containing everything you need to grow a healthy crop of oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus): at school, home, work, or anywhere else. And hopefully, you’ll end up with some delicious mushrooms to munch on! Check out out our oyster mushroom taco recipe for some meal inspiration. 

First, you need to form a team with colleagues, group members or friends to share your growing experience. Then, you're ready to apply!

Application info

Make sure you read our terms and conditions before applying and use our handy resources to find out how to use your fungus lab.  

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Grow without a fungus lab

We only have a limited number of free fungus labs available, which is why not every application will be successful. But don't worry, you can join in with the growing experience by sourcing your own kit elsewhere, and simply following along on social media and via our regular growing guidance emails, since everyone who applies for a kit will receive our updates.

If you didn't get the chance to apply, you can still check out our resources and learn about why fungi matter on the website. Alternatively, if you would like to try growing mushrooms from kits or fungi, head over to our web page: How to grow your own fungi.  

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