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Can you create the best wildlife garden in Harrow?

Harrow Nature Conservation Forum, in collaboration with Harrow Biodiversity and Environment and Harrow Council, invites you to design and create a garden for wildlife. This forms part of Harrow Biodiversity and Environment's "Harrow Go Green" initiative, with other categories:
  • Schools and Colleges
  • Best Front Space
  • Juniors
  • Commercial Properties
  • Most Original Idea
Small changes to a garden can make it a haven for birds, insects and mammals. Perhaps you could turn a patch of lawn into a pond to attract dragonflies, or turn an unloved corner of the garden into a nursery for butterfly caterpillars.

There's lots of good advice out there, and we can help you with the planning. The winner will receive a small prize but the main reward will be for you to see the new life outside your windows. Go to to apply.

Here's some places to look to get ideas:

"Help Wildlife at Home" from the Wildlife Trusts
"Gardening for Wildlife" from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
"Gardening for Bugs" from Buglife
"Gardening for Butterflies" from Butterfly Conservation     Link to a YouTube video of a talk from Butterfly Conservation on this topic

On-line talks about wildlife gardening.
To help contestants, and indeed everyone who would like to improve their garden for nature, the Harrow Nature Conservation Forum is hosting a number of on-line talks about wildlife gardening.

Creating a space for wildlife in your garden     teacher: Stephanie Irvine     by Zoom 7PM 30th November 2020
Even the smallest urban garden can be an oasis for nature. Stephanie will describe how planting the right plants, building the right structures and managing the site in the right way will attract insects, birds and other wildlife to your garden and help their survival. She will describe what to do if you have only a one metre square to spare for a nature area, all the way up to how you might design a whole back garden for wildlife.
    Stephanie is a community gardener, and project manager for The Orchard Project. She led a restoration project at Lady Gilbert's orchard at Grims Dyke Open Space and set up the warden team there.

Tips for making your garden a haven for butterflies, moths and other insects      teacher: Andrew Wood      by Zoom 7PM 7th December 2020
Andrew Wood is the author of "Butterflies of Hertfordshire and Middlesex" published in 2016. He is the records collator for the Hertfordshire and Middlesex branch of Butterfly Conservation, looks after the Hertfordshire and Middlesex Moth Group's website and is a volunteer for the Herts & Middx Wildlife Trust. He tries to garden for insects in his suburban garden in Hertford and has spoken to a wide range of organisations about the role of insects and particularly butterflies and moths in the suburban garden. Link to Andrew's factsheet accompanying his talk (PDF document)

Planning a wildlife garden      teacher: Liz Apedaile      by Zoom 7PM 10th December 2020
A garden can be both a place for humans to rest and play and a haven for wildlife, whether you devote one specific area for nature, or modify the whole garden more subtly to be wild life friendly. Liz will explain how to plan a wildlife garden and how to create a timetable of steps that will transform your present space.
    It would be helpful if students could prepare by creating a scale plan of their garden so that Liz can discuss some individual cases during the session. This only needs to be very basic but it is a good idea to draw to a scale of 1:100 and include main features including trees and should show the aspect of the garden. Make a few notes on your existing garden and what you would like to achieve.
    Liz did her undergraduate degree in agricultural botany at the University of Wales and a PhD in seed production at Liverpool University. She has run her own company designing and constructing gardens for over thirty years.

Creating a wildlife pond      teacher: Simon Braidman      by Zoom 7PM 8th January 2021
Creating a wildlife pond is one of the best things one can do. It uses your imagination and develops practical skills and the result is something used by a myriad of plants and animals from microscopic protozoa to foxes. It creates a tangible, positive, feature you can enjoy and say 'I did this'. Simon will describe the basic steps towards creating a pond and what to do then to make it a haven for wildlife.

email to register for these courses and to be alerted about the schedule as it is finalized.

Discuss ideas and possibilities on the Harrow Go Green Facebook site.

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