Saving local rare and endangered wetland plants
Local people are helping us to save historic wetland and freshwater habitats by growing rare wetland plants at home, at school and in community centres.
The GroWet plants are happy in small spaces, even on windowsills. And, when they’re strong enough, they’ll be going back into the wild to help us restore and regenerate Oxfordshire’s incredible wetlands and freshwater habitats.
GroWet in Oxfordshire, how did it work?
1 Getting plants to our volunteers
Our volunteers collected their plant packs from one of our GroWet Community Hubs based around Oxfordshire. The packs contained GroWet seedlings, adult plants or seeds and all the materials and information needed to care for the plant at home.
2 Nurturing plants in the community
Our volunteers looked after the plants at home and in community centres over the summer. We kept in touch with them, offering tips and advice along the way. Volunteers posted their progress on social media, using the hashtag #GroWet.
3 Back to the wild
In the autumn, we collected the plants and introduced them to wild locations across Oxfordshire with the help of our volunteers. The plants would once have been plentiful at these freshwater and wetland sites but are now in decline. By reintroducing them, we hope they can once again establish and restore Oxfordshire’s historic wetlands.
Our 2024 Buckinghamshire expansion
We are excited to announce that GroWet is expanding into Buckinghamshire this year! See below for more information on how you can get involved.
About the GroWet plants
Here are the wetland plants we’re working on during the project. Follow the links to learn about each species’ ecology and propagation.