Themes


We hope you will be inspired to take part in the project and we have provided a range of factsheets under different themes to help you get started. The themes are Life, Love & Remembrance; Foods, Medicines, & Materials; Plants of Faith; Mythology, Fairies & Witches; Literature, Art & Poetry; Royalty, Names & Warfare; Plants of Place & Time.

You can contribute a plant that has a personal connection for you or you can celebrate plants or images that have a historical connection. Perhaps you are called after a wild plant, or you are connected with a Scottish clan badge plant. We are keen to encourage participation from all age groups, and all parts of British society. If you or your family come from, or have links with, another country perhaps you could celebrate a plant that grows both in Britain and that country, or make your square using a technique or material from that country.

Any one can contribute any plant that has cultural significant for them and also grows wild in Britain, but we are also working on several themes in particularly the plants of Shakespeare, William Morris, Burns, Harry Potter, National and International Plants of Scotland. Please see the relevant factsheet for details.

You can also upload a video or audio of the story behind your square. This could simply be the story of why you chose a particular plant or technique or material, or it could be a performance of a poem, song or line of literature associated with your square.

We also recommend Flora Britannica (Mabey 1996), Flora Celtica (Milliken & Bridgewater 2004), Ireland’s Wild Plants & Trees (Mac Coitir 2003 & 2008) and Sue Eland’s Plant Lives Website as great starting points for learning about the culture of our wild plants.

Local and national museums, art galleries, churches and libraries are great places to find inspiration. Many museums and galleries also have online collections such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Burrell Collection, the National Museums of Scotland, the National Museums of Wales, the National Museums of Northern Ireland, the British Museum, the British Library Manuscripts Collections, and Scottish Textiles Heritage online.
You can visit the collections of the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court on one of their guided tours, and explore William Morris’ work at the William Morris Society.