Conserving Oxfordshire’s most endangered wetland plants

GroWet is the ex situ plant conservation and community engagement programme of the Building Oxfordshire’s Freshwater Network project. We’re working with local horticulturalists at Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum and Cutteslowe Garden Project to:

  • propagate some of Oxfordshire’s most endangered wetland plants
  • engage over 1,000 people, especially adults living in disadvantaged urban areas with little access to nature, to grow Oxfordshire’s endangered wetland plants at home
  • introduce the propagated plants to high quality freshwater and wetland habitats

Would you like a rare plant as a house plant or a new challenge in the garden? You’ll be supported by the Freshwater Habitats Trust team with

  • home delivery of seedlings, adult plants or seed to grow at home during summer 2022, together will all the materials and information needed to do grow the plants
  • on-going support during and leading up to the growing period, including one-to-one sessions, group training sessions and online videos and other media
  • online media to communicate the story of volunteers’ plant species, including their ecology, historic distribution and conservation needs, and the journey of their plants from the wild to conservation hubs, their homes and translocation into the wild

We’ll be distributing plants in late May and early June 2022. If you want to be involved or want more information then get in touch.

Target species

The wetland plants we’re working on during the project are listed below. Follow the links to learn about species’ ecology and propagation.

You can see where our plants came from by following this link to our interactive GroWet map.