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Peter Fearnhead, CEO, African Parks Network, South Africa


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Category: Wildlife Friendly Gardens

  1. RHS Hampton Court Flower Show runs from 2 to 7 July 2019

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    The RHS Hampton Court Flower Show Festival takes place from 2 to 7 July 2019 and there are some very exciting new features in it.

    As well as talks and demos to learn from, live music to listen to and stalls to explore, there are a lot of gardens you can take a look at and be inspired by.

    One of these has been designed by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, who has worked with Andree Davies and Adam White, to create their garden.

    One of these new features is called the Global Impact Gardens.  Believe in Tomorrow, On the Brink and The Forest Will See You Now are all designed to make us think. 

    The Forest Will See You Now has been designed to challenge us and to encourage us to change our attitudes and behaviours.  We need forests, there’s no doubt about that. 

    On The Brink draws attention to our plastic blindness, the garden represents the oceans being on the brink of a manmade ecological disaster.  Clusters of new growth emerging suggest it isn’t too late, after all.

    Believe in Tomorrow aims to help reconnect children with nature.  The walk-through garden is part-oasis, part playgrouand and part-classroom and it looks to inspire and educate children about the natural world. Local children have grown some of the plants – and built boats for the pond!

    There are lots of beautiful gardens to be inspired by at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

    Another exiting garden is the BBC Springwatch Garden, which I think is sending a really important message.   Private gardens in Britain now cover an area larger than all of the country’s nature reserves put together;  so they are very important when it comes to helping wildlife.   The garden at RHS Hampton Court shows 3 gardens belonging to 3 different neighbours and each with their own characters and features which attract wildlife.  The overall effect is to show how neighbours can really work towards a common cause with their gardening and help the wider world i.e. wildlife.

    Find out more about RHS Hampton Court Flower Show!  Don’t miss it – it’s a great event!  You can buy tickets online from the RHS website.


  2. Support the PTES's Garden Wildlife Appeal

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    The People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) says that the biggest challenge for wild animals today is finding safe places to live.

    • Cities are expanding
    • Farming is intensifying
    • Green spaces are rapidly disappearing

    And so animals have fewer places to live. 

    However, gardens have an important top play in providing havens for wildlife – in giving them food and shelter. 

    The more wildlife friendly we can make our gardens, the better a chance wildlife will have.

    There’s plenty we can all do to help, such as making a feeding station for hedgehogs – we’ve put a hedgehog hotel in our garden.  You can build a small pond for amphibians, or create a log pile for insects.  Pretty much all the flowers in our garden are wildlife friendly and it gives us huge pleasure to watch the wildlife enjoying them. 

    Make your garden wildlife friendly

    It’s easy to do.  

    And the good news is that PTES have put a kit together to help you make your garden more wildlife friendly!

    All you need to do is to donate £5 and you can receive your special Wildlife Friendly Garden Kit, with everything you need to turn your garden into a wildlife haven.

    Kits include:

    • garden wildlife guide on the importance of your garden to wildlife and the species you’re likely to see.
    • garden wildlife planner of monthly wildlife friendly activities all year round.
    • garden wildlife poster with 12 top tips to make your garden more wildlife-friendly.
    • PTES supporter booklet introducing PTES and their vital conservation work.

    Donate to the PTES Garden Wildlife Appeal and receive this kit

    Donate now to the PTES Garden Wildlife Appeal


  3. Make a bird feeder at home to help wildlife

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    If you're looking for activities for the kids to do which get them closer to wildlife, take a look at the Woodland Trust's blog.

    They have three wonderful ways you can help wildlife, including making your own bird feeder.  No baking is required, either! 

    Make a bird feeder for wildlife at home 
    ©Woodland Trust

    As well as listing the ingredients to include, the blog helpfully includes things to avoid, and also the method of making your feeder.

    As well as getting messy and making your own homemade bird feeder, you can then watch the visitors coming to your garden to enjoy the feast you've left them!   Get the kids to see how many they can spot and identify - it's a great way to get them close to nature.

    Also on the blog you'll find a way to turn used carton into seed holders. 

    Visit the Woodland Trust's blog here


  4. Fill your garden with 20% off plants, seeds and bulbs from Thompson & Morgan on this special offer

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    If you've been wanting to fill your garden with colour or fill gaps which haven't got anything in them, then this could be a good time to do it.

    Online retailers Thompson & Morgan have a great offer on this weekend with 20% off their plants, bulbs and seeds.   

    20% off all plants, bulbs and seeds at Thompson & Morgan this weekend (18 Jan 2019 to 23:59:59 on Monday 21 Jan 2019)

    From Friday 18th January 2019 at 00:00:01 ending on Monday 21st January 2019 at 23:59:59, you can enjoy 20% off your order from them.   You just click through to activate your discount.

    If that doesn't work, apply TM_TN510W into the promotion order code box within your shopping basket.

    This offer excludes all products within their Tool Shed, Outdoor Living, Buildings & Fencing and Wild Birdfood categories.  And it cannot be used in conjunction with promotional vouchers or any other offer including all reader & advert offers. Plus it's applicable to UK postcodes only.

    Go shopping at Thompson & Morgan and fill your garden with beauty!