Saturday, 14 October 2017

Wild About Gardens Week: 23rd - 29th October

Wild About Gardens

Wild About Gardens is a joint initiative by the RHS and the Wildlife Trusts, and this year it's all about wild bees!

Gardening for wildlife is more important than ever, with researchers finding that 60% of UK species have declined in the past 50 years. One of the reasons for this is loss of habitat - it's why our little garden refuges are so important.

This year we want to draw attention to the plight of the wide range of solitary and bumblebees that need our help. It’s no secret that many pollinators are facing threats. Insensitive land use, a reduction in plant species diversity and the use of insecticides have all been linked to declining bee numbers. But you can help...

You can download your wild bee action pack to discover all the ways you can look after our wild bees.

How can you get involved?

1.   Find out what small changes you can make in your garden or outdoor area: grow nectar rich plants, leave a log pile, build a pond - it's really that simple. Use #wildaboutgardens to spread the word.

2.   If you have a wildlife-friendly garden, you will qualify for one of our Wildlife Friendly Gardening Awards.

3.   Bee Creative and show how your garden is helping bees, by entering our photo competition before 23rd October.

4.   Register to open your garden next summer for Cheshire Wildlife Trust, to showcase the amazing wild area you've created. This year a fantastic total of £2,045 was raised by open garden events. 31st June and 1st July will be our Open Gardens weekend. If you'd like to find out more, please contact Jo Darlington.

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