The Hedge Awards

Design a wildlife garden for a real or an imaginary area. It can be as small as a hanging basket or an entire meadow. Tell us what you will attract to your wildlife space, how you would attract them and why. You can draw a plan and talk us through

the process. What plants and materials have you chosen and used, what objectives do you have and why? Please give as much information as possible. This can be as a school, an individual or an adult group. The presentation can be in any medium - in song, dance, drama or a talk. The answers must be presented on a DVD and be no longer than four minutes. DVD's must be sent to us. The winners will be invited to Wildlife Rocks to receive their award and it will be presented by Dr. Brian May.

This competition is open to adult and students of all ages and abilities. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

There are many ways to improve your environment and just by making small changes you will make a difference. You can plan the plants and design of your wildlife garden for maximum enjoyment for you, your community and our native wildlife. You can have your own mini game park full of mini beasts. Water is needed for all life; from a bird bath to a carefully planned pond, the choices are limitless. All good wildlife gardens start with insects; the animals and birds that eat the insects are preyed on by larger wildlife and so on up the food chain. Outdoor education and play serve to enhance a child’s learning and provide not only educational but also social benefits. The sense of ownership that children gain from being responsible for their wildlife garden can be extremely beneficial and can have a marked effect on children’s attitudes to school, themselves, other people and their surroundings. It may be the first opportunity that a child has had to care for plants and animals in their natural surroundings. A garden encourages a sense of maturity and ownership through joint endeavour and working with the community. In many urban areas where children are involved in creating areas and landscapes it actually reduces vandalism.

Whether you have hanging baskets, containers or an entire meadow, you can be creative with a variety of plants and make your space sustainable. Growing vegetables and fruit is not just for the seasoned growers. Strawberries and tomatoes can both be grown in hanging baskets. You don't even need lots of space; remember, many plants grow up walls - peas and beans are a good example. I was a student in central London thirty years ago and I grew plants on my window sill. I often had bees and butterflies landing on them and when I grew strawberries, the birds came in too. Why not grow plants and vegetables to attract wildlife and grow it for them. Instead of buying bird food, grow bird food from seeds. A wildlife garden is an invaluable way of exploring and understanding bio diversity and conservation. Composting, rain-water harvesting, insect hotels and organic alternatives to pesticides are an essential part of any wildlife space and once explored will remain with you for life. Ideas for native planting and habitats could include bird boxes, bat boxes, bird tables, compost heaps, deadwood piles, water features, ponds, native meadow grass patches, nettle patches, berry bushes, fruit trees and shrubs. However large or small your space is, you will need to consider design and maintenance, provision for wildlife, water saving features and all year round interest, but it's worth it and after all the hard work you can sit back and enjoy it and see that wildlife really does rock.

A 'Hedge' Award Recipients 

Wildlife Pond Completed and home to Guy the Hedgehog!

The Tasis Wildlife Club has now completed their pond project.

There is now a beautiful pond that will feed (providing insects) Guy the Hedgehog and provide him with water. This pond is in our walled Fleming Garden. The children have worked for many months to clear out brambles and weeds. They prepared the soil, and then helped to lay the stones and pond plants in place. Last week, Guy came to live in the area left wild for him beside the new pond. Guy was found as a newborn on Guy Fawkes night, under a collection of branches ready to become a bonfire. Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue took care of him and prepared him to live in the wild where he belongs.

Anne Brummer brought Guy to meet the children when he was a few weeks old. The children learned so much about hedgehogs that day. He then came for a return visit a few months later, when he was grown. We let him wander in our garden one day so that he could see if he liked it! He did, and is now settling in well. In a few months, a rescued female hedgehog will be brought to live with Guy.

The whole school has learned so much from this project. In an assembly, through posters, and with word of mouth, our community has learned about the importance of having wildlife as part of our life. We are now getting ready to break up for the summer. In the autumn, we look forward to a new project, so that we can offer a home to more rescued and rehabilitated wildlife. The students also look forward to teaching their classmates and teachers more about the animals that share our community!

    

Picture of the Tasis wildlife pond 

   

Picture of the Tasis wildlife pond

    

Picture of the Tasis wildlife pond

 

Picture of the Tasis wildlife pond

Tasis receiving their award