Build a Wildlife Garden

Build a Wildlife Garden

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Gardening for wildlife – how to fill your green space with butterflies and bees.

With ever increasing loss of biodiversity worldwide, every bit of green space can make a difference. This three day course covers all you need to know to overhaul your green space into a wildlife haven, from plants for bees and pollinators to key tips for wildlife gardening in a low-maintenance manor.

Key information

  • Duration: three days
  • Upcoming date: Friday 28th – Sunday 30th May 2021
  • Start and finish times: starts at 9.30am and ends at 4pm on the last day
  • Fees: £300
  • Includes: tuition, all materials, full board shared accommodation
  • What to bring: as this is a highly practical course, safety boots are required and waterproof clothing is advised. Bring something to take notes and gardening gloves if you wear them.
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What you will learn

This course will cover how to create beautiful spaces for people and wildlife to enjoy together, whether you’ve got a small backyard, a community picnic area or an overgrown meadow.

To build an understanding of this important topic, we’ll first look at the basics of wildlife garden design and the principles behind it. Your expert tutor will teach you easy changes to gardening styles and overall garden management to boost biodiversity.

We’ll cover perennial planting, basics of polyculture, meadow establishment and management and how to avoid peat and pesticides. There will also be a session on home composting, looking at the basics of healthy soil.

You’ll leave knowing the best plants to encourage butterflies and bees, and how to include homely habitats for birds and small mammals.

Meet your tutors

Ben Wilde works for The National Botanic Gardens of Wales on their Growing the Future (GTF) project. GTF is a five year project to ‘champion Welsh horticulture, plants for pollinators, the protection of wildlife and the virtues of growing plants for food, fun, health and well-being’. Having initially trained as an apprentice at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Ben’s vision is to get more people into growing, and inspire the next generation of horticulturists.

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