Wild About Gardens Awards

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Entries for the Kent Wild About Gardens Awards 2017 are now closed.

What is Wild About Gardens?

Kent Wild about Gardens Awards is designed to encourage people to welcome wildlife into their gardens, whatever the size, type or primary use of the garden. We don’t expect you to turn your backyard into a mini nature reserve. Formal front flower beds or chic city gardens can still provide those vital stepping stones needed by our pollinating insects, hedgehogs, etc.

The backbone of the scheme is our team of volunteer advisors who visit gardens during the season to assess how wildlife friendly they are and to give advice and encouragement. Unlike other awards schemes, our volunteers are happy to visit a work in progress and there is no overall winner, apart from the wildlife of course.

Thanks to our lead sponsor Optivo, we will be once again hosting our big celebration event at Canterbury College to coincide with national wild about gardens week in October. All 187 entrants to the 2017 scheme will receive an invitation in mid-September.

We are grateful to our sponsors without whom we wouldn’t be able to run the scheme:

 How can I get involved?

There are 2 ways to get involved with Wild About Gardens:

  1. Enter your garden - the closing date for the 2017 scheme was 30 June. Look out for details of the 2018 scheme in early spring.
  2. Become a volunteer advisor - we will be recruiting this autumn.

How can I learn more about wildlife-friendly gardening?

If you would like some tips as to how to get started on making your garden more wildlife-friendly you read our blogs or visit the main Wild about Gardens website.

We run short workshops throughout the year. For details of more workshop topics or if you would like a workshop tailored to suit your needs, please contact Maureen.Rainey@kentwildlife.org.uk.