Gardeners asked to encourage more wildlife into their gardens

August 25, 2011 0 comments

Greenhouse enthusiasts may be interested to hear that gardeners are being asked to encourage more wildlife into their gardens as part of the Royal Horticultural Society's Big Wildlife Garden Competition.

To fall in line with the government's England Biodiversity Strategy, which aims to halt the loss of biodiversity by 2020, the competition is aiming to encourage people to create their own wildlife patch on their doorstep.

Gardening writer and TV presenter Sarah Raven believes the more gardens that have a wildlife focus the better.

"So many positive and easy-to-do things can be done to make gardens wildlife-friendly and running a competition like this will help raise awareness," she added.

The competition has six different categories which are small residential garden, large residential garden, new residential garden, educational garden, community garden and business garden.

According to Natural England, the loss of biodiversity is due to a number of factors including changes in woodland and forestry management practices, water and atmospheric pollution and changes in native species dynamics.

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