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
Entries are closed for the 2019 Wild About Garden Awards. We received a record total of 261, which has kept our volunteer advisors busy over the summer.
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:
We are currently planning our winter/spring programme. Please watch this space for some exciting new workshops.
If you would like a workshop tailor made for your group, please contact Maureen.email@example.com 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