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. The closing date is 30 June (31 May for schools)
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:
Thursday 25 April 7.30pm Water for Wildlife
hosted by Ash Horticultural Society, near Sandwich . Please contact Louise Dowle: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details
No wildlife friendly garden is complete without water in some form. Maureen Rainey will show examples of how you can introduce water features safely in any size or type of garden.
Monday 29 April 2019 7.30pm Wild about Gardens in Kent
hosted by Kent Wildlife Trust Maidstone Local Group. Please call 01622 662012 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 using examples from last year's scheme.
Sunday 12 May 2019 2 - 5pm Open Gold Award winning wildlife friendly Garden in Challock
"Brambles", Church Lane, Challock,TN25 4BU . £5 entrance (children £1) including glass of wine/soft drink. All proceeds to Friends of Challock Church.
Contact Janet & Ron Wilkinson on 01233 740367 for more details
Thursday 16 May 7.30pm Wild about Ponds
hosted by Staplecross & Bodium Garden Society. Price £2.50 for non members . Please contact Gill Neal email@example.com for more details
No wildlife friendly garden is complete without water in some form. Maureen Rainey will show examples of how you can introduce water features safely in any size or type of garden
Friday 14 June 7.30pm Hospitable Horticulture for Hedgehogs
hosted by Chalk Village Gardeners Club, near Gravesend. Please contact Julie Merritt on07740 775206 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details
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