Between 2003 and 2005, I tried what I termed the "County Challenge", whereby I strategically placed single plants in various counties of the UK. The idea was based on the same principle as the 'message in a bottle', letting something go to see where it might end up. No-one got in touch. Although it did provide one of the great stories of Day Of The Cacti: The barber shop at the Barbican: Ask me.
In September 2016 I decided to resurrect the idea as "Cactus Bombing" (thanks Becca of Green City Events): there's nine so far; four in Cardiff, one in Malvern, one in Brecon one in Bath, one at Hilton Park Services and the latest below: Here they are....
August 4th 2017: Tebay Services in Cumbria on the M6 Motorway, who are transforming the experience of stopping at service stations in Britain. Apologies for the rubbish image which I've had to manipulate so that you can see the cactus in the bottom left of the shot. Note the amazing scenery through the window. It would be lovely to imagine that the cactus will stay there.
15th June 2017 On the bridge over the M6 Motorway at Hilton Park Services, north-west of Birmingham. Here's the view.
18th May 2017 In the stairwell at Cardiff City Football Club
22nd March 2017 Upstairs in the superb Swansea Waterfront Museum, there's a kind of contemporary room set; retro chair, sofa, rug, lamp, big tv...I thought it was missing a cactus so I left one in the corner of the window. Looks perfect....
14th February 2017 Love the name of this church in the centre of Bath: St Michael's Without. Cactus was placed on a top of a small wooden cabinet with great natural light flooding through the church windows....how long will it stay there for?
13th January 2017 Placed inside a classic red telephone box in Brecon. The door hinge was broken, hence why the door is wedged open. I cannot see this one staying there very long.
14th November 2016 Inside the wonderful Malvern Winter Gardens. Just a few yards from the room where Joy Division played on 5th April 1980.
6th October 2016 A cactus was left on the window-sill of the underground car park next to the Cardiff Blues Rugby Stadium in the centre of the city. Here it is on the right of the picture: it lasted there at least a week, it had disappeared by the 20th of October.
If you found this cactus it would be great if you got in touch at dayofthecacti at gmail.com - let me know what you intend to do with it. There's info on how to look after it on this site. Good Luck!
7th September 2016 A cactus was left strategically on a window-sill of a cool place in Cardiff: Little Man Coffee. Here it is:
So, it has a new life. As above, please let me know what you intend to do with it if you now own it. Thank you.