Thanks to everyone who entered Wild About Gardens 2017
Our dedicated team of volunteer advisors visited almost all 188 entries and 48 ‘Gold’ plaques were presented plus certificates for 37 Silver Gilt, 44 Silver, 31 Bronze and 11 Commended.
The following special awards were chosen by our sponsors
- Optivo Young Wildlife Gardener Award - Miles Brierley of Dartford
- Optivo Recycled Garden Award - Rob Ehren & the Stour field team at Pluck’s Gutter
- Jewel in the town (best urban wildlife garden) - Friends of Abel’s Acre, Faversham
- Best Community Wildlife Project - West Kent Mind, Sevenoaks
- Cool School for Nature - The Oaks, Sittingbourne
- Unipet Best Garden for Wild Birds - Richard Kinzler, Thanet
- Kent Bat Group Best for Bats - Elizabeth Ridgway, Hunton, nr Maidstone
- Bumblebee Conservation Trust Garden with the Best Buzz - Liz Greenwood, Ash nr Dover
- Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group Best Pond - Nigel Pembeton, Horsmonden
- Kent Mammal Group Best Garden for Hedgehogs - Richard Purvess, Plots 69/70 Tredegar Allotments
Thanks to the generous support of our lead sponsor Optivo we were able to run a big Celebration Event for the whole of Kent to which anyone who entered Wild About Gardens 2017 was invited. The event took place at Canterbury College during Wild About Gardens week at the end of October. We were delighted to see over 300 people in attendance including many from community groups who brought displays.
In addition for the first time ever, we were able to run a separate Celebration for school entries thanks to the hospitality of the 2016 winning school Herne Infant and Nursery and funded by Blenwood Grounds Maintenance. Over 60 children and adults were able to get inspiration from Herne’s wonderful nature area and in addition, enjoyed a child-friendly presentation from Kent Bat Group.
Finally, we would like to thank those of you who sent donations with their entries. This money will be put to good use in training new Wild About Gardens volunteers for future years.