Here are our fungi winners for 2018!

We have our winners! Drumroll please...........

The winners of our What's in a Name? competition are...

Shiitake Happens

Left image of two smiling women in front of a screen with the words Chief executive of fungi growing and Deputy above them, right image of a mushroom suspended from the ceilingLed by Eilidh, Shiitake Happens was a fan favourite and led the pack from the outset. Speaking about their victory, Eilidh said,

"We were already very proud of Shiitake Happens (and its spawn Shiitake Just Got Real) and have enjoyed the whole process so much – winning the ‘What’s in a name?’ competition is the cherry on top.

Thank you Grow Wild for creating this opportunity, who knew growing fungi could be so full of drama, anticipation and thrills? We’ve loved the online support and advice from the growing community all across the country and can’t wait to experiment with growing more plants and fungi."

Meanwhile, our resident expert, Lee Davies, has donned his official judging coat:

Dual images of a white man with a bushy beard wearing a white coat that says Kew

He has proclaimed the winners of Best in Show are...

Katie and Austin, with their fungus named Boop

left image of oyster mushrooms growing from straw left image of young couple smiling at the camera

The team behind this fantastic fungus said. "We may be a small team but our meticulous efforts and great care that went into the cultivation of our fungi was enough for an army."

Katie and Austin are excited about their win,

"We are truly honoured and proud to be crowned rulers of the fungi kingdom! For anyone considering growing their own fungus we would highly recommend this challenge as it’s been extremely rewarding in many ways.

Endless thanks to all at Grow Wild for giving us this opportunity and we hope you enjoy viewing our fungus, Boop, as much as we enjoyed eating him!"

A special mention has to go to Elise and Chris  with their Fungus Amongus and Catrise, whose mushroom exploded from its bag while they were on holiday! Theirs were tremendous efforts - as were so many entries - we were amazed by the level of fungus growing skill around the country.

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Both winning teams will receive a highly coveted fungi trophy and the honour of winning, which is of course, priceless.

Odd but awesome

We also have an extra category: odd but awesome. These fantastic fungi deserve a special mention and their photos immortalised as a wonderful example of the infinite diversity, beauty and strangeness of the fungi kingdom:

Three images of strangely shaped oyster mushrooms growing from Grow Wild fungus kit boxes

From left to right, they are Team Atina, Phillip's fungus, and Mushroom Laser (Katerina, Yavor, Volen and Boyan).

Thank you... everyone who took part in the competition, we loved seeing your photos and reading all about your experiences. We hope this inspires you to continue learning more about the fascinating fungi kingdom.

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