WWT Arundel Wetland Centre is devoting the month of March to celebrating gardening for wildlife with green fingered activities and advice on how to attract wildlife to your garden, as well as showing you tips on how to use water wisely! All nine Wildfowl and Wetland Trust centres across the UK are hosting a variety of events during the the Festival of Gardening in March.
WWT’s Festival of Gardening has the backing of the country’s best known gardener, Alan Titchmarsh, who has thrown his weight behind this initiative to champion the link between gardening and wildlife conservation and highlight the importance of the sustainable use of water in your garden.
Alan said: “I happen to believe that gardening is at the sharp end of nature conservation. Wildlife is fragile, it’s true, but it’s also adaptable, and it’s certainly opportunistic. Create the right environment, and the wildlife will come. If WWT is able to build a magnificent garden for wildlife in the midst of a city of millions, just think what you can achieve in your own patch of land.
Supported by NFU Mutual, the Festival of Gardening programme of activities at WWT Arundel Wetland Centre includes talks with the Medieval Herbalist at the Wetland Secrets Plant house on March 1st & 8th. A Green Fingered weekend on March 17-18 has advice on how to attract wildlife to your garden, how building a butterfly garden and has sunflower crafts sessions for children. Southern Water will be on hand with advice on using water wisely.
As well as the Festival activities, there’ll be a fun campaign to encourage people to make better use of water butts in their gardens, cheekily called ‘Work Your Butt’. It is thought that a large proportion of people who have water butts don’t use them properly: either the stored water is not connected to a garden pond to take the overflow, or the water collected is left to drain away once full, rather than be used to water the garden or clean the car.
The Festival of Gardening ‘Work Your Butt’ campaign will highlight the best way to use a water butt to both reduce the amount of water you use and save you money at a time when water conservation is becoming increasingly vital as the climate changes. There will also be a competition to find the ‘best worked butt’ in the UK. Entrants will need to submit a photo of their water butt working at its best and the winner will receive £500 of gardening vouchers, courtesy of NFU Mutual.
Visit www.wwt.org.uk/gardening for full details of all the events and activities at each WWT centre and to find out how to enter WWT’s Festival of Gardening ‘Work Your Butt’ competition.
Published 21st February 2012
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