Wild About Gardens

hummingbird hawk mothHummingbird hawk moth © J Young

Gardens can be wonderful places for wildlife. It really is easy and inexpensive to create a mosaic of wildlife rich areas - from a simple window box to an imaginatively planted vegetable plot.

Thanks to everyone who entered Wild About Gardens 2014.

Our dedicated team of volunteer advisors managed to visit almost all 185 entries and 77 ‘Gold’ plaques will be presented at events across the county in November. In addition, this year’s ‘Special’ award winners are:

  • Best Wildlife Garden in Kent - Vincent & Sam Lloyd of Folkestone;
  • Jewel in the Town (best urban wildlife garden) - Brenda Brewer of Maidstone;
  • Top of the Plots (best productive wildlife garden) - Trevor Burton of Eastry;
  • Best Garden for Bats - sponsored by Kent Bat Group - Ian Wolverson of Ashford;
  • Garden with the Best Buzz - sponsored by Bumblebee Conservation – Gwen Richardson of Ashford
  • Best Garden for Reptiles and Amphibians - sponsored by Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group - Rebecca Roberts of Paddock Wood;
  • Cool School for Nature - sponsored by Southern Water – Parkside, Canterbury;
  • Best Community Wildlife Project - sponsored by Southern Water - The Garden Gate, Cliftonville;
  • Best Waterwise Wildlife Garden - sponsored by Southern Water - Richard Goodenough of Crundale
  • Best Churchyard for Wildlife - sponsored by Kent Gods Acre Project - Badlesmere & Leaveland PCC, nr Faversham

In addition our volunteers would like to say a special thank you to Emma Hartley & Clive Cruttenden of Cliffe who won GOLD but have done so much for wildlife in their small country garden since they moved in less than 2 years ago.

If you didn't enter this year, the 2015 entry form will be available as a download from January and as usual, the closing date will be 30 June

We are keen to hear from gardeners and/or enthusiasts who may be interested in training to become a volunteer advisor. For details contact Maureen Rainey on 01622 662012 or maureen.rainey@kentwildlife.org.uk.

There are a range of advise sheets available, to see them click here.

There are some Wildlife Gardening Workshops being organised throughout the year, to see details, visit our What's on page and select event type of Wildlife Gardening.


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