WTSWW at the Cardiff RHS

We will be appearing at the Cardiff RHS again this year, somewhat buoyed by last year's success at the show we, perhaps foolishly, decided to double to size of our garden.

RHS tree by Mel Bastier

RHS tree by Mel Bastier

This years piece is called The Cwtch, the excellent Welsh word for a cuddle, safe place or a cupboard under the stairs. It was inspired by the idea of creating a garden that gives a safe and loving place to wildlife and people.

The centre piece, a willow structure, will be hollowed out, giving children a fantastic place to hide out. Children and adults will be able to hang pledges in the tree about how they are going to be Welsh Wildlife Heroes.

Jon, Membership Manager, and Tim, Wildlife Trust Officer, have promised me the best bug hotel in the world. A bug hotel is a simple idea, creating an attractive place which encourages our creepy crawly friends using recycled elements from the garden.

Celandines for RHS

Celandines for RHS

I have been digging up celandines, creeping buttercup, sorrel, chickweed and nettle from my neglected strawberry beds...weeding some may call it, in order to create a wild area in the garden.

Plants will be lent to us by The Works in Llandeilo and Glamorgan and Cardiff members and staff

We will again be benefiting from the excellent skills of the Out To Learn Willow team who are creating us a woven tree of willow. 

The garden this year is funded in part by the Cooperative bag levy money and the Welsh Wildlife Heroes pledge is a part of the work we are doing together across the whole of Wales. 

Wildlife Heroes LogoHave you ever wondered what happens to all those five pences that we pay when we've forgotten our shopping bags? In Wales, all branches of The Co-operative donate the single-use carrier bag charge to Wildlife Trusts Wales so that we can continue our work to protect wildlife for the future.

Staff and volunteers will be on the stand all weekend, so do pop by and say hello to us.

Lyndsey Maiden 

Comms Officer and amateur garden designer!