Wild About Gardens
An award scheme with a difference
Kent’s wildlife needs your help. By making your garden welcoming to nature you can create those vital stepping stones and corridors that creatures such as hedgehogs need.
What is Wild About Gardens?
We don’t expect you to turn your backyard into a mini nature reserve. Chic city gardens and potager plots can be turned into wildlife havens with just a few simple changes.
Volunteer advisors visit gardens to assess how wildlife friendly they are. The Volunteers are happy to visit a work in progress to offer friendly advice and encouragement.
There is no overall winner, apart from the wildlife of course.
Click here to see photos and more details of some of our 2018 gardens
How can I get involved?
There are various ways to get involved with Wild About Gardens:
1. Enter your garden
The closing date has passed for the 2019 Wild About Garden Awards.
We received a record total of 261 entries and everyone has been notified by email regarding their level of award and been provided with details of the Celebration event. If you have not heard from us, please check your "spam" box in the first case. Participants for whom we have no email details have either been telephoned or written to.
Entry forms for 2020 will be available in late January.
2. Become a volunteer advisor
We are currently looking for new volunteer advisors for next season. Training is provided during the winter months.
Please contact Maureen.Rainey@kentwildlife.org.uk 01622 357829 for more information or just an informal chat
Alternatively you can click here
3. Come to one of our Wild about Gardens workshops or events:
Tuesday 12 November 7pm - Gardens - stepping stones for wildlife
Crockham Hill village hall, Church Lane, Crockham Hill, near Edenbridge. TN8 6RB Free entry & there is plenty of free parking. Donations welcome, cash bar. Please contact Vivienne.firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Thursday 14 November 7.30 for 8pm - Environmentally Friendly Edible
Gardening £5 each (£4 for SAHA members) on the door.
hosted by Sevenoaks Allotment Association. Refreshments available from 7.30pm.
Please contact email@example.com for more details
Monday 18 November 2pm - Wild about Gardens in Kent
an illustrated explanation of the Wild about Gardens scheme including details of this year's special award winning gardens. Hosted by the WI East Kent Federation Environment & Natural History Group at Thanington, Canterbury. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Monday 25 November 7.30 for 8pm - Hospitable Horticulture for Hedgehogs
hosted by Hadlow Wildlife Gardens at The Old School Hall, Hadlow. Please contact Keith Harris on 07780992974 or email email@example.com for more details
Thursday 28 November 8.15 for 8.30pm - The Environmentally Friendly Edible Gardening Show. Tickets cost £2.50 each on the door.
hosted by Meopham & District Allotment Association at Meopham Village Hall, Wrotham Road, Meopham. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Tuesday 21 January 7.30pm - Meadows for Gardeners
hosted by Herne Horticultural & Rose Soc. Please contact Sue Forrester on 01227 361873 or email email@example.com for more information
Thursday 6 February 7.30pm - Meadows for Gardeners
hosted by Sittingbourne Gardeners & Flower Arrangers Society. Please contact David Luckhurst on 01795 471450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Thursday 20 February 7 for 7.30pm- Encouraging birds & other wildlife into your garden
hosted by Pluckley & Egerton Gardening Society at Egerton Millennium Hall, Elm Close, Egerton, Ashford, TN27 9DS. £5 per person pay on the door, no need to book. Please contact email@example.com for more detail
If you would like a workshop tailor made for your group, please contact Maureen.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01622 357829.
We are grateful to our sponsors without whom we wouldn’t be able to run the scheme:
- Optivo: lead sponsor and sponsor of the “Advisors choice award”
- Unipet International: sponsor of the “Best garden for wild birds”
- Bumblebee Conservation Trust: sponsor of “Garden with the best buzz”
- Kent Bat Group: sponsor of “Best garden for bats”
- Kent Mammal Group: sponsor of “Best hedgehog garden”
- Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group: sponsor of “Best dragon garden"
Photos by Weng Lim and Natasha Ruskin