Wildlife Gardening Completion

Wildlife Gardening Completion

The 2012 summer saw Ballymoney, Coleraine, Limavady and Moyle Councils inviting local residents to make the most of the better weather, get outdoors, transform their gardens into a mini nature reserve and enter the Wildlife Gardening Competition 2012. The response was excellent, with entries of gardens of all shapes and sizes. Gardens entered included a variety of features supporting wildlife such as nest boxes, bird tables, ponds and log piles.

It was a real joy to judge all the entries. Every garden entered had great value for local wildlife. There were a lot of creative features such as insect hotels, home-made bird feeding stations and very imaginative use of recycled containers.

The judges looked for plants that provided food and refuge for wildlife and the sensitive use of natural resources. For example, making compost and using peat free products, sourcing alternatives to pesticides, the collection and re-use of rain water, and growing your own fruit and vegetables.

Wildlife gardening is a fantastic way to enjoy your environment and make a difference to the local wildlife. The Council’s were very impressed with the standard of entries, this being the second year of the competition, and are supportive of an initiative which aims to involve and educate the local community on the importance of caring for our environment and encourages everyone to use wildlife-friendly techniques and materials in their gardens.