Gardening heroes!

Gardeners in North West Wales have been rewarded as part of the Welsh Wildlife Heroes campaign funded by The Co-operative in Wales.

Categories included private gardens (large and small), school gardens, community gardens and business gardens and each category won a £100 prize.

Judges looked for variety of habitats; hedges, ponds, meadows, borders, nestboxes as well as gardening methods. The competition encouraged sustainable use of natural resources such as making compost, using peat-free products, rainwater collection and alternatives to pesticides.

13 schools took part and the pupils showed great enthusiasm and knowledge for innovative projects going on in their school grounds in all areas of Gwynedd, Conwy and Anglesey. 

The winners were awarded at a ceremony in Portmeirion last month which was presented by Vice Chair of North Wales Wildlife Trust, Roger Thomas.

The Wildlife Garden Competition has run in Gwynedd, Conwy and Anglesey for ten years, and is managed by the Wildlife Gardening Partnership based with the North Wales Wildlife Trust.

Welsh Wildlife Heroes is a national campaign run by Wildlife Trusts Wales and funded entirely by the money collected from the single-use carrier bag charge in The Co-operative food stores and pharmacies in Wales.

Anna Williams, Wildlife Gardening Project Leader, says:

“There is an increasing interest in gardening with wildlife in mind and we are encouraging people to do their bit for local wildlife which also improves human health and well-being. We are very grateful to The Co-operative for this invaluable support.”

“The competition has been running for 10 years now and the quality of the gardens for wildlife this year is outstanding. People are more aware today and we have seen plenty of wildlife thriving; birds, butterflies, toads, frogs, newts to mention a few. All ages of people have been involved from children to keen retired people who get immense pleasure from the visiting wildlife” says Anna.

See the winners and their gardens in the photo gallery below. Well done, everyone! 

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