Our Wildlife Trust’s 2020 Wildlife Gardening at Work competition had some adaptations this year to allow as many people as possible to take part and feel the benefits of a connection to nature during lockdown. To this end, we invited entries, not only from workplace grounds, but also from home-workers’ gardens. We received some excellent entries this year and heard great reports of team members sharing gardening tips and working together on ideas for this competition, despite many entries being in physically separate places. These awards encourage companies and their employees to help make a real difference for wildlife at their place of work and thereby benefit employee wellbeing.
Judge Bernard Hunt, expert wildlife gardener from Hunts Wildlife Landscapes, was impressed as always by all the dedicated hard work giving nature a helping hand. The winners have all been notified and were each awarded a certificate to display their wonderful achievements for wildlife.
The award for Best Wildlife Garden has gone to Levin Sources, for the combined efforts of Victoria, Olivia and Jane in their respective home gardens. They implemented a range of wildlife friendly gardening techniques from leaving patches of lawn to grow and creating deadwood piles as shelter for hedgehogs and invertebrates, to planting native wildflowers and installing insect hotels (see below). The combined impact of the efforts in three separate gardens helped them to scoop their title.