Hello and welcome to my Wild Flower Fellowship blog. My name is Lucy Grove and I have taken on a 3 month role training and working with Flora Locale, Emorsgate Seeds and the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience at Coventry University. Exciting times lie ahead as I am working in partnership with some of the most knowledgeable and experienced people involved in habitat and biodiversity restoration in the UK.
For the first half of my placement I will be training and working alongside the renowned Emorsgate Seeds. This pioneering and longstanding wild seed company was established by Donald MacIntyre in 1980. I will be working alongside Donald and the rest of the team across their farms in Somerset and Norfolk. Here I will be immersed in learning all that’s involved in producing wild seeds, including wild stock collection, cultivation, agronomy, seed harvesting and seed cleaning and storage. During this time I will be developing ideas and identifying gaps in knowledge or applications.
The remainder of my time will be spent working with Dr Barbara Smith and the excellent research group at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience at Coventry University. Here I will working to develop ideas further and begin the process of planning an interesting and engaging project in habitat restoration.
I come from a background in Conservation Biology and Ecology, and Wildlife Disease Management, with particular focus and experience in tackling issues in our farmed environment. I am passionate about the health and sustainability of farming and wildlife in the UK. With farming family and my previous role as Vice Chairman for the Women’s Food and Farming Union (South West branch), I have an awareness and understanding of the issues and opportunities in managing the land for biodiversity and farming. I have an immense love for wild flowers and the crucial role they play in supporting healthy ecosystems.
I am brimming with excitement to be undertaking this role and this blog will track my time as my knowledge, experience and ideas develop. I hope it will make an interesting and informative read!