win your wildlife garden
To celebrate Garden Wildlife Week we are giving you the chance to win your wildlife garden!
🌿 Share our competition post on your page or story.
🌿 Tag 2 friends in the comments for an extra entry!
🌿 Prize will include 4 x 5L pots of a wildlife hedging of your choice. (Subject to stock)
🌿 Entries will close Sunday 6th June at 7pm.
Bees are in decline on a global scale as they face many threats, from habitat loss to the use of toxic pesticides. Many of the threats to bees are threats to trees and woodland, so saving bees goes hand-in-hand with saving trees. If these threats aren’t brought under control, we could be looking at a future without bees. Read more here.
Every 5 years, Butterfly Conservation and their partners publish a ‘state of the nation’ assessment of the UK’s butterflies. New analyses shows that 70% of species are declining in occurrence and 57% declining in abundance since 1976. This is a huge concern for our butterflies, other wildlife species and for the overall condition of our environment. Find out more here.
In the 2021 RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, it has been found that Greenfinch and chaffinch have continued to decline, recording their lowest averages since the scheme began in 1979. Starlings also fell down the rankings from second to third with numbers down 83% since 1979. In addition to this, goldfinch and collared doves, which have both done well in recent years, declined compared with 2020, with only robins, blackbirds, carrion crows and the song thrush showing an increase on last year. Read the full results here.
What can we do about it?
It’s pretty simple – Support the birds, bees and butterflies in your garden! You can do this by planting hedging and shrubs that will provide shelter and food. Here’s some examples of our wildlife hedging…
In the spring, Hawthorn produces masses of creamy white, fragranced flowers, followed by shiny, red haws in the autumn months.
Cotoneaster franchetii makes a great habitat for wildlife, mainly birds, who feed on the red/dark orange winter berries.
The flowers of English Lavender appear in summer and are incredibly popular with bees and butterflies.
Would you like some more information on our wildlife friendly hedging? Get in touch here. Our teams are more than happy to help and advise on species, planting and care!