Hedgehog Street show garden revealed
27th March 2014
This summer the world’s largest annual flower show will be putting Hedgehog Street on the map.
People’s Trust for Endangered Species and British Hedgehog Preservation Society are pleased to announce that our joint submission for a hedgehog-friendly garden has been selected as one of this year’s summer gardens at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
The summer garden, called Hedgehog Street, aims to raise awareness of the plight of threatened hedgehogs and show how gardeners can help the species in their very own back yard. We are also looking to double the number of Hedgehog Champions taking part in our long running campaign.
Created by award-winning garden designer Tracy Foster, the garden will feature various elements that are beneficial to our native hedgehogs. Hedgehog populations in the UK have plummeted by over a third in the last ten years, and one of the factors contributing to this decline is tidy, fenced-in gardens.
One of the simplest steps gardeners can take to help hedgehogs is to link gardens in their neighbourhood by teaming up with their neighbours to make a small hole in shared boundaries so that the creatures can roam freely. A hole that is 13cm2 in size at ground level will be big enough for a hedgehog to pass through.
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(Illustration by Phil Game)