We are absolutely delighted to announce that our innovative Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) ‘Into the Nest’ show garden has won the ‘Best Garden Feature’ category at the 2019 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Flower Show, Cardiff.
Designed from a bird’s perspective, ‘Into the Nest’ highlighted some of the challenges facing British birds. The 2016 State of Nature Report revealed that a staggering 40 percent of British birds are in decline and that some breeding upland wading birds such as Curlew, Lapwing and Golden Plover have declined by more than three-quarters in recent decades. Highlighting the state of our nature is especially important following the recent launch of The Wildlife Trusts Wilder Future campaign last month which called for urgent action to put nature into recovery.
Our ‘Into the Nest’ garden provided a unique, immersive experience and invited visitors to step inside a giant birds nest. Visitors were greeted by two willow woven chicks and eggs made by the fantastic team at Out to Learn Willow. The walls of the nest were made of willow and locally sourced materials to show the varied nature of a birds nest. The Wildlife Trust team also provided a variety of engaging activities such as the ‘Flight of the Kingfisher’ 360 virtual reality experience, bird nest identification, selection of retail items for sale, and giant sunflower seed planting.
Gina Gavigan, Marketing and Development Manager for WTSWW said, “The ‘Best Garden Feature’ category was extremely tough this year with some impressive show gardens from the National Botanical Gardens, RSPB, Buglife and Bridgend College so we are over the moon to receive this award. It was fantastic to speak to so many visitors about how they can make small changes to their gardens and community spaces to help wildlife and plan for a wilder future.”
WTSWW would like to thank Vine House Farm for their support and for providing bird boxes and feeders for our stand. The biggest thank you goes to our incredible Wildlife Trust team of staff and volunteers that help out year after year and to everyone that stepped ‘Into the Nest’.
Dioch yn fawr iawn!