Marlow’s mystery sunflowers

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This morning I was delighted – but mystified – to find a sunflower on my doorstep! We contacted Wild Marlow to find out what it was all about….

The group of wildlife enthusiasts has gifted more than TWO HUNDRED dwarf sunflowers to people around Marlow as part of Wild Marlow’s Much Wilder Marlow campaign. Sandygate School has also taken part in the campaign — the children grew sunflowers and gave them to Marlow Town Council for planting. The aim of the campaign is to help build a healthy corridor for wildlife in our growing urban town.

Tash Somers from Wild Marlow told us, “If every household can manage to make some simple changes to how they manage their outdoor spaces, this can make a huge difference to the health of the natural world around us. Wild Marlow is here to help anyone who wants to make a difference to wildlife and the environment around us. These sunflowers, grown by us with the help of Sandygate School, are one way to spread happiness, encouragement and support to help you help nature. We hope you enjoy them!

Tash also told us about their “Much Wilder Marlow” campaign : “To date, 64 streets in Marlow have made a pledge to help build Marlow’s Nature Corridor. This week Newfield Gardens and Oak Tree Road were top of the leaderboard for the most households making the pledge. Whether you are leaving a bit of lawn to go a bit wilder, creating a mini log pile or topping up a dish of water, you can make the pledge (its free!) and help us support the natural world.”

You can find out more about the Much Wilder Marlow campaign at

About Wild Marlow:

Membership is £10 for individuals (allows free/reduced entry to some events). Wild Marlow is a non-profit group so by becoming a member you will be supporting us in our activities for wildlife and the community. Donations are also welcome! To join go to: or email:

Article author: Paul Merchant

About the author: Founded in its original version back in 2000 - yes the internet DID exist back then. Brought up in Marlow, went to school here, now has children at the same schools. Quite clearly loves all things Marlow - hence spending over 2 decades doing this!

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