North Wales Wildlife Trust hosts a huge range of wildlife gardening projects
The Wildlife Trusts have created an amazing range of wildlife gardening projects – from awards and competitions to community-led growing schemes and local initiatives to bring a sense of the wild back to people’s lives and their streets. Here are a few of our ongoing projects – join in or contact your local Wildlife Trust to see what they are up to near you!
Avon Wildlife Trust's Feed Bristol Project
This innovative project has transformed an eight acre former market garden into a community hub for growing vegetables and gardening for wildlife. Feed Bristol is marking a year of success, and thanks also to the support of its volunteers, it has welcomed 70 different organisations and almost 8,000 people, including those with disabilities or from low-income areas. It has also worked with 585 schoolchildren from 17 schools, and helped to change the city's food culture, working alongside the local food movement, promoting organic values and wildlife gardening. Feed Bristol is being used as a case study for the European Green Capital of the Year bid.
Birmingham & Black Country Wildlife Trust’s EcoPark
The Ecopark is a community growing project bringing people closer to nature through gardening and wildlife-themed arts and crafts activities. There’s an emphasis on growing local flora and collecting seeds.
Each year thousands of young people take part in its wide and varied activities, in exciting surroundings with a wide range of habitats and demonstrations of sustainability.
Birmingham & Black Country Wildlife Trust’s Let’s Grow Black Country project
Let’s Grow Black Country is an exciting scheme which aims to support people of all ages and abilities to get involved in gardening and food growing wherever they are. Support from the team is offered across the Black Country boroughs of Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton. They provide expertise in all aspects of food growing, gardening, accessible garden planning and creation of wildlife habitats.
The project is designed to bring gardening to you, link you up with a local farm or food producer for a visit, or arrange a visit to the project's flagship gardens.
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Dig In project
Dig In is busy creating a network of community-led edible food growing places in and around the city of York for schools and families. They are designing new spaces, turning disused parks into community gardens, hosting community work days and gardening clubs, even building clay ovens.
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s Living Gardens Project
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust wants to create the county’s biggest nature reserve by asking all garden owners to encourage wildlife into their gardens. Through a new programme called ‘Living Gardens’ the Trust is providing help and advice on how you can make your garden more wildlife friendly. Grade your garden and see how good it is for wildlife by taking part in the Trust’s survey.
Sudeley Castle’s owner, Lady Ashcombe, is hosting tours of the castle’s gardens in support of the Living Gardens project in September. Join them on a specially designed tour - for over 15 years Sudeley has been gardening organically and supports hundreds of wildlife species within its many niche gardens, castle ruins and medieval stew pond including slow worms, toads, bee orchids, disease resistant elms, bumble bees, dragonflies, king fishers and nuthatches - to name a few!
Lancashire Wildlife Trust’s food and cookery project
The Hive is a local food-growing project based in Animal World on Moss Bank Park in Bolton. Whatever age or ability, The Hive can provide you with inspiration and training for growing your own food at home and enjoying nature while you do!
This scheme offers projects for schools and families, as well as training courses for over 18s and opportunities for volunteers.
Somerset Wildlife Trust's Wildlife Garden Award Scheme
There are an estimated 124,500 gardens in Somerset covering 19 square kilometres of the county. These gardens offer huge potential for wildlife and provide most of us with an opportunity to improve an area for wildlife. Gardening for Wildlife is all about creating habitats so animals and plants can thrive alongside people. Every garden, however big or small is a potential nature reserve.
To recognise the increasingly important role that gardeners can play Somerset Wildlife Trust launched its This is a Wildlife Garden Award scheme, with 144 plaques awarded to gardeners across Somerset to proudly display on their garden gates. Gardeners can simply self-assess their garden online at www.somersetwildlife.org/wildlifegardening looking at the four basic needs of life: Food, shelter, water, places to breed. Photos and stories are added to an online gallery providing inspiration to all budding wildlife gardeners.
Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust’s Grow Wild
Grow Wild is a Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust project to support schools or community groups to make the most of its outdoor spaces for people and for wildlife. Their team of experienced gardeners can undertake a variety of work:
• Design a wildlife or sensory garden, or wildlife-friendly vegetable plot
• Create a garden from scratch - there's something possible for everyone from window boxes to wildflower meadows and ponds
• Renovate existing gardens that have fallen by the wayside
• Maintain and improve your outdoor spaces
• Train your staff, volunteers and students in nature-friendly gardening techniques
We can work with you on all stages of a project, or you can brief us and we'll do the rest.
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s Community Growing Sites
The Trust is working in 16 sites across Wiltshire and Swindon to identify and plant community growing sites where local residents can learn how to plant and grow their own fruit and vegetables. The Trust’s Food Champions, Sara and Gary, provides seeds, tools and practical help and will be running cookery classes through the summer, to help residents learn to cook what they grow.
The Wildlife Gardening Project, North Wales Wildlife Trust
North Wales Wildlife Trust run a huge variety of projects. From their Wildlife Garden Competition, Wildlife Garden Open Days, Bee Specific events, presence at other events such as farm shows, town festivals and community days all promoting wildlife friendly gardening, to their wonderful training courses.
Habitat creation ventures include community gardens, parks and gardens as well as over 50 different sites. They have a living churchyard project in Flintshire, work with over 200 schools creating nectar borders, meadows and wild flowers, hedge and tree planting, ponds, vegetable gardens, orchards, bird and bat boxes, insect homes and habitat, composts and more! Business gardens include an orchard and allotment creation with Toyota, and pond building at Bangor University site.The Wildlife Gardening Project, North Wales Wildlife Trust.
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Friendly Garden competition
Dorset Wildlife Trust are currently judging their Wildlife Friendly Garden competition, in partnership with the Garden Group in Dorset. They are awarding gardens with plaques, and some very impressive hampers to spectacular gardens in Dorset (there are quite a few!) - they are judging this throughout June. On 30th June, the Trust is visiting a very impressive garden in Weymouth to award the 300th plaque.