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Last modified: 11 July 2013
Image: Eleanor Bentall
The RSPB launched their new campaign Giving Nature a Home last month, urging individuals and families from Surrey and across the nation to act for nature in their own gardens
Next weekend (Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July), the conservation charity and RHS Garden Wisley have joined forces and are inviting people along to the Surrey garden to find out more on how they can provide a place for wildlife in their own gardens and outside spaces.
Volunteers from the RSPB North West Surrey Local Group and RHS advisors will be on hand over the entire weekend (20 & 21 July) to offer expert advice and information on attracting wildlife and feeding birds in your garden. While the garden’s shop and plant centre will be stocked with a variety of bird boxes, insect boxes and plants, as well as providing leaflets about gardening for wildlife. For the younger budding wildlife gardener, there will be children’s activities in the activity tent.
Dave and Mary Braddock, leaders of the RSPB North West Surrey Local Group, said: “It is great to be in partnership with RHS Garden Wisley for Giving Nature a Home.
“It is an ideal opportunity to meet the public where nature joins together with horticulture as the gardens at RHS Garden Wisley provide a wonderful opportunity for nature to thrive.”
The flagship garden of the RHS, RHS Garden Wisley, captures the imagination with richly planted borders, luscious rose gardens and the state-of-the-art Glasshouse. Gifted to the Society in 1903, RHS Garden Wisley has evolved over time into a world-class garden.
The RSPB’s Giving Nature a Home campaign comes after 25 wildlife organisations, including the RSPB, released the groundbreaking State of Nature report, which revealed that 60 per cent of the wildlife species studied has declined over recent decades.
Many of Surrey’s garden favourites were among the creatures shown to be in serious trouble including starlings, hedgehogs, some butterflies and ladybirds. All are in danger of further declines unless more is done to provide better habitats.
The Giving Nature a Home website will give everyone access to expert advice about helping nature in any outside space– whether it’s a huge garden or a small planting tub on a balcony – at rspb.org.uk/homes
By visiting this website people can get their free Giving Nature a Home starter guide, help populate a map by telling the charity when and where they’ve given nature a home, and share pictures, tips and ideas with others. You can also find out more about what the RSPB is doing to give nature a home in the wider countryside.
For further details on RHS Garden Wisley, please visit rhs.org.uk/wisley
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