Every single one of our medals plants a tree.
We’re passionate about fighting climate change, protecting natural habitats and ensuring that nothing loses because you’re a winner. That’s why we plant a tree for every medal given out.
The trees are planted by our trusted partners. We use established charitable organisations around the world who work to ensure the local communities are supported, employees are paid fairly, the trees are protected and their future is sustainable and viable.
You can find out more about where the trees are planted, what effect those trees will have and what a difference your achievement has made on our tree fact sheet.
If you’ve received one of our seeded medals in the UK, they are packed with 100% Wildflower Seeds. We’ve chosen this mix because it’s especially attractive to bees and butterflies.
Once established the flowers will keep coming back year after year. However, not all of the seeds appear in year one, a few need a little more time to come to pass – but don't despair, give it until year two and they'll make an appearance. Think of it as the difference between fast runners and slow runners... we all get there in the end.
When you're bored with admiring your hard-earned medals – simply untie the ribbon, break up the medal and pop it into some compost. Although the ribbon is biodegradable, they'll take a while to break down and we're sure they can come in more useful!
Most of the seeds will appreciate being planted in Spring or Summer (with a little water), however, during the winter you can start the seeds off in a pot and keep them indoors or a warm greenhouse. Either way, they're pretty hardy – they're wild, after all!
IT’S WHAT’S INSIDE THAT COUNTS:
Also known as Star Flower – they grow tall and have beautiful blue flowers. They’ll appear in the first year. They’re loved by all types of bees.
A striking blue flower that is like a starburst . In folklore they were worn by young men in love. If the flower faded, it was a sign the love was not returned.
This beautiful, emotive flower is sometimes used as a food colouring in wines and medicines.
Produces big pink, saucer-shaped flowers. Leaves and flowers are common additions to ‘wild’ salads.
Ox Eye Daisy
Nothing common about our beloved Daisies! In fact it was top-ranked for pollen production per flower in the UK!
One of the biennial flowers, with dark pink more than red flowers – it’s known as the ‘Fairy Flower’ on the Isle of Man. The flowers have been known to treat snakebites – but there’s no record of it’s success so maybe don’t rely on it!
A grassy flower that produces red/pink flower that does its hard work in fixing nitrogen, enriching soils. The leaves are collected by wood mice and the flowers create a nectar for the bees.
A hardy meadow grass whose seed heads help provide food for birds in winter.
A drought tolerant plant (which is useful for us forgetful waterers!) its flowers can be used in salads and sauces and tastes a bit like cucumber but a bit hotter.
Self Heal or Prunella
A member of the mint family and its leaves are good in salads although slightly bitter. It’s also used as an ingredient in some bodybuilding supplements. It gets it’s name ‘self heal’ as traditionally the leaves were applied to wounds to promote healing.
Has beautiful small white flowers and produces a beautiful heady scent that attracts moths. Unfortunately has a nickname as the ‘flower of the dead’ as it’s often seen growing around graveyards!
A tall plant that grows with large clusters of small flowers with a strong smell. In the past it was used as a charm against bad luck and illness. But don’t put it up your nose (?!) as it was thought to cause nosebleeds. Starlings use Yarrow to feather their nests and research suggests it inhibits the growth of parasites for them. It’s an important food source for many insects.