This was Dandelion 2022!
Across the growing season, we have been encouraging people to Sow, Grow and Share and what a time we had doing it. Over 589,000 of you took part in our live events and activities programme all across Scotland.
Working with our partner networks we turned unused areas of land around the country into 12 Unexpected Gardens, creating growing and creative spaces at the heart of communities that hosted over 400 events this summer, whilst our ‘Floating Garden’ toured the Forth and Clyde canals before mooring at The Helix, home of the Kelpies in Falkirk.
We gave away 80,000 free edible plant plugs at our Free for All events, encouraging everyone to get involved and grow their own food, with hands on support and advice from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).
Our Cubes of Perpetual Light were seen by 96,000 people on their journey from the island of Heisgeir to the mainland, to schools, on an epic bike tour to 17 urban and rural locations and appearing as striking installations across Scotland.
89,000 school children grew tatties, learned about new technologies and the traditions of our past as part of The Dandelion Schools Growing Initiative, delivered in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, including sowing 258,000 potatoes in 2,000 tonnes of specially made growing mix.
Our two Dandelion Festivals in Glasgow and Inverness were visited by almost 67,000 people. Featuring inspiring talks and workshops focused on how we can come together to protect our planet, plus performances from Scottish and international artists including Del Amitri, King Creosote, Les Amazones d’Afrique, Spell Songs, Newton Faulkner and many more.
The Dandelion programme culminated with over 500 Harvest events, in the largest ever creative celebration of Harvest in communities right across Scotland.
Thank you for coming with us on this journey so far.