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 open for the 2019 Wild About Garden Awards.
2. Become a volunteer advisor
We are looking for new volunteer advisors, training is provided.
Please contact Maureen.Rainey@kentwildlife.org.uk 01622 357829 or 662012 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 5 March 2019 7.30pm Wild about Gardens in Kent
hosted by Grafty Gardening Club, Grafty Green. £2 per head. Contact Sue Burch at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
An illustrated explanation of how the Wild about Gardens scheme operates, including tips on how to make your own garden wildlife friendly
Wednesday 20 March 2019 7.30pm Meadows for gardeners
hosted by Ashford Local Group, Great Chart Village Hall, Great Chart, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3AZ
One of the most frequent questions faced by our Wild about Gardens team is "How do I make a wildflower meadow?" This is one of the most difficult aspects of wildlife-friendly gardening. Garden soil is often too rich or the garden is too shady. But there are other options. Maureen Rainey and Teresa Clark will give you ideas as to how you can replicate meadow-type planting in even the smallest plot & provide those vital stepping stones our invertebrates so desperately need. This talk will be preceded by a short AGM.
Suggested donation £3. Contact: Dave Fogden
Contact number: 01233 861230
Contact email: email@example.com
Saturday 23 March 2019 Water for Wildlife, Tyland Barn
Suitable for beginners age 14+. Price £10. Please book via the events section of our website or call 01622 662012 for more details
No Wildlife Garden can be fully complete without some form of water to bring in a range of amphibians and invertebrates. All creatures do depend on water for their survival including ourselves. Maureen Rainey and the Wild About Gardens team will show you ways to easily and safely introduce water features into a garden space. That will both enhance and add a centre point to your garden. The session will include a morning talk and tour of the wildlife friendly garden at Tyland Barn. Then in the afternoon you will be assisted in designing your own pond to fit your garden.
Tuesday 2 April 2019 10.30am - 12.30pm Wild about Gardens in Kent
hosted by Birkin Lodge Care Home, Hawkenbury. Please call the venue on 01892 628299 for more details
An illustrated explanation of how the Wild about Gardens scheme operates, including tips on how to make your own garden wildlife friendly. There will be an outdoor session in the garden, so please dress appropriately.
Friday 12 April 2019 Plant stall and advice at Sevenoaks Wildlife reserve
More details will be available in the spring
Saturday/Sunday 20/21 July 2019 NGS Open weekend at our 1st winner of the Best Urban Wildlife Garden Award
68 South Hill, Gravesend, DA12 1JZ. Garden open 12 - 5pm. Adults £5 (includes entry to another nearby garden) Children free. Contact Judith Hathrill on 07810550991 for more details.
Garden dedicated to providing food and homes for all wildlife throughout the year.
3 ponds, trees, shrub borders, grasses, flowers for pollinators and plants for hungry caterpillars. Fruit and vegetables in containers.
Teas & plant sales
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