CWGF Wildflower seed mix available at your local garden centre

Did you miss out on a chance to claim your free packet of the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation’s Wildflower Mix earlier this year? Now a limited number of packets are available from Hayter stockists at garden centres across the UK.

In the build up to War Graves Week, we want you to remember those who died in the world wars by creating your own wildflower memorial with a seed mix that echoes the wildflowers that grew on the battlefields of the Western Front after the First World War.

Wildflowers near a CWGC cemetery

You can pick up these seeds at no cost, but we’d love for you to donate to the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation. Your donation will help us to engage and educate people about our work.

Once you have picked up your free seed packets please do share this on social media by tagging in the CWGC and using #WarGravesWeek. Please also share your progress of planting and growing of the seeds and you could win a prize. Learn more about War Graves Week.

Plants and flowers are an important part of ensuring that the high standards our sites pay tribute to the men and women we commemorate. As such, we are one of the largest horticultural organisations in the world, employing more than 850 gardeners across the globe.

At the end of the First World War, some of the first gardeners the then Imperial War Graves Commission employed included former soldiers who took to caring for the land that they had spent the previous years living and fighting in.

Read more about the history of our early gardeners

At work at Wimereux Cemetery

We also employed the women of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps as early as 1917. The first 14 WAACs arrived on the Western Front on 31 March 1917, and were tasked with sewing grass, planting trees and roses, and laying wreaths sent by families.

Read about the women gardeners of the First World War

This gardening expertise lives on in the CWGC with our teams tending to our sites around the world. Our teams create a peaceful atmosphere at each of our sites, and with our wildflower seed mix you can create your own corner of remembrance in your own garden.

Free packets of our wildflower seed mix are available at the following Hayter locations:
Alton Garden Centre Ltd, SS12 9JG Felthorpe Lawnmower Services , NR10 4DP Paul Prettejohn , EX14 4RZ Whites ES Ltd , MK43 7RX
AMP Services, BN5 9XR Garden Solutions (Surrey) Ltd , KT24 5LY Paul Prettejohn , TA21 9HY Wyton Mower Centre , PE28 2NX
Briants of Risborough, HP27 9SG HP27 9SG Garlick Garden Machinery Ltd, PR4 4ZE Phil Basford Garden Machinery, WR11 7RE Wyvern Garden Machinery Ltd, SY5 8NY
Chelford Farm Supplies, SK11 9AS Gills Leeming Bar, DL7 9AB Redblade Mowers , L40 1UJ  
Cheltenham Garden Machinery, GL50 3HU Goodrowes Of Chichester Ltd, PO19 8PE Simmonds Saws Garden Machinery Ltd, GU28 9LH  
Chester Small Plant, CH4 8RQ Grassbox, SL7 3ND Springfeild Lawnmower Services , PR9 0NW  
Cliftons Turf Machinery, GU21 4ZA Hart Garden Machinery Limited, RG27 8SL Stalham Engineering Co. Ltd, NR12 9QG  
Colin Bush Machinery Ltd, SN15 2LZ Invicta Groundcare Equipment Limited, DA3 8LJ Stephen Barker Garden Machinery Ltd, IP14 4PP  
Cranleigh Garden Machinery Ltd, GU6 8LT Kingfisher Lawnmowers, B78 3DX Stuart Brown Limited, MK45 2BG  
Dean Morris Lawnmowers, SK9 6JB Kingsbridge Hire & Garden Machinery, TQ9 7FA Stuart J Daws , CT4 8DX  
Dobsons Garden Machinery, YO12 7BX Moggs of Wells (Engineering) Ltd, BA4 4NB Ted Hopkins , Newport  

 

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