AIM: To inspire individuals, communities, schools and businesses around the UK to turn available spaces into wildlife havens, in an effort to create ‘Living Landscapes’ across the UK.
BACKGROUND: The Big Wildlife Garden (BWG) competition follows an announcement made in Defra’s Natural Environment White Paper to help create the UK’s largest connected nature reserve. The competition is being run by the Wildlife Trusts and the Royal Horticultural Society, with funding from Defra. Entry is free and encouraged amongst anyone with a space that can be transformed, from a window box or balcony to household gardens, school playing fields, or open spaces within a retail park. It is hoped that, through showcasing some of the best wildlife gardens in the UK, the competition will inspire people to engage in some of the positive and relatively simple things that can be done to make gardens and open spaces more wildlife friendly.
STATUS: Recently announced.
ACTIVITIES: Entries to the competition may be submitted until 20th May 2012, with prizes including a wildlife gardening masterclass at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, and membership of the Wildlife Trusts and the Royal Horticultural Society. There are six categories for entry; small residential, large residential, new residential, educational residential, community residential, and business residential. The Big Wildlife Garden website provides wildlife gardening tips and links entrants to a community of gardeners throughout the UK, with a facility to view BWG entries in their locality. It also includes a page, ‘My Garden’, where information about gardens can be uploaded and stored.