This summer Limavady Borough Council invited local residents to make the most of the better weather, get outdoors and transform their gardens into a mini nature reserve and enter the Wildlife Gardening Competition 2011.
The response was excellent with entries from gardens of all shapes and sizes that included a variety of features supporting wildlife including; nest boxes, bird tables, ponds and log piles.
Rachel Bain, Biodiversity Officer for Limavady Borough Council commented; “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, using alternatives to pesticides, collecting and using rain water, and growing your own fruit and vegetables.
Rachel explained, “Wildlife gardening is a fantastic way to enjoy your environment and make a difference to the local wildlife. Council was very impressed with the standard of entries for this, the first year of the competition, and is supportive of this initiative which aims to involve and educate the local community on the importance of caring for our local environment. I would encourage everyone to use wildlife-friendly techniques and materials in their gardens.”
Limavady Council and Rachel wish to thank all the local businesses that supported this initiative by donating all the prizes; LCDI Garden Centre, Tesco, Limavady Hardware Co, C&C DIY and Gardening Supplies, ASDA, Ecoseeds, and Conservation Volunteers NI.’
For further information on this year’s Wildlife Gardening Competition and local biodiversity work log onto www.limavady.gov.uk or www.biodiversityni.com or contact Rachel Bain, Biodiversity Officer on 028 7034 7272 or email; email@example.com