Surrey Wildlife Garden Award

Act for Wildlife

Surrey Wildlife Garden Awards

© Amy Lewis

Something a little different

With the current restrictions in place due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we have decided that it would not be practical to run the competition in its current form this year.

Instead, we have set up an alternate wildlife garden quiz to help people assess how wildlife friendly their garden is and advice on how to improve it

Take the quiz 

The award will return next year

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE BELOW INFORMATION IS NO LONGER RELEVANT

Please take our wildlife garden quiz instead

Small Copper

(c) Jon Hawkins

Categories

The Surrey Wildlife Garden Awards will be judged under the following categories, they are open to everyone in the county, whether you have a private garden, school grounds, an allotment, a community garden, churchyard or business grounds.  You can achieve either a bronze, silver or gold certificate for your entry, there will be a prize for the best gardens in one of the following categories.

Best bee & insect friendly garden

Is your garden full of nectar rich flowers for bees and insects to enjoy?

Best bird friendly garden

Does your garden attract many birds ?  What features do you have that keeps them coming back to visit your garden.  

Best wildlife friendly allotment or community space

Does your allotment, churchyard or community space have lots of wild areas and wildlife features, we want to know !  Are you working together to make space for nature?

Best amphibian friendly garden

Do you have a wildlife pond ?  We are looking for the best amphibian friendly garden.

Best urban wildlife friendly garden

Do you have an urban wildlife friendly garden?  What features have you added to your space to make it wildlife friendly?

Young wildlife gardener

We are looking for the best young wildlife gardener in Surrey!  Are you under 16 years ?  Do you share your knowledge and skills with others?  Do you help encourage your school to be more wildlife friendly - we want to know !

Criteria

To win a bronze, silver or gold certificate, gardens must have a number of wildlife features from each of the following areas. The more features you have from each area, the higher your award. 

Download criteria checklist as a pdf

FOOD features

  • Bird feeding station                                                                           
  • Nectar rich flowers
  • Fruit trees                                                                                                    
  • Berry-bearing shrubs and plants
  • Food left out for hedgehogs                                                          
  • Perennials left un-cut until Spring
  • Vegetable patch/container                                                           
  • Herb patch/container

SHELTER features

  • Dead wood / log pile / tree stumps                                      
  • Rock or stone pile
  • Climbing plants on wall/trellis                                                 
  • Mixed native hedging
  • Wildflower area/ container                                                         
  • Nesting box for birds or bats
  • Hedgehog House                                                                                    
  • Solitary bee shelter
  • Insect/bug hotel or hibernaculum
  • Patches of lawn left to grow long or area left for weeds (i.e. nettles, dandelions, daisies)

WATER features

  • Water dish/shallow plate at ground level for insects and hedgehogs
  • Wildlife pond (no fish!)                                                                   
  • Bucket or container pond
  • Bird Bath                                                                                                      
  • Bog or permanently wet area
  • Drought resistant plants

MANAGEMENT features

  • Hole or gap in fence/perimeter for wildlife corridor
  • Use peat free compost
  • No pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or slug pellets
  • Compost area or bin
  • Wormery
  • Rain Butt
  • Seed swap or share cuttings?

Awards

The top garden from each of the categories will win £50 of garden vouchers and all qualifying gardens will receive the following awards:

Platinum (NEW for 2020)

To qualify for our new platinum award, your garden must include twelve or more of the listed wildlife garden features, and must include at least three features from each section.

You must also be able to demonstrate that you are a wildlife gardening advocate, sharing your knowledge or cooperating with friends, family and neighbours to create a wildlife friendly street or neighbourhood. 

Platinum award gardens will receive a wildlife garden certificate and special garden plaque.

The top 3 platinum award nominees from each category may be contacted for further assessment to find Surrey's best wildlife gardens.

 

Gold award

To qualify for a gold award, your garden must include twelve or more of the listed wildlife garden features, and must include at least three features from each section.

Gold award gardens will receive a wildlife garden certificate and garden plaque

Silver award

To qualify for a silver award, your garden must include eight or more of the listed wildlife garden features, and must include at least two features from each section.

Silver award gardens will receive a wildlife garden certificate. 

Bronze award

To qualify for a bronze award, your garden must include four or more of the listed wildlife garden features, and must include at least one feature from each section.

Bronze award gardens will receive a wildlife garden certificate. 

Wildlife gardening advice

Find out how to make your garden a wildlife haven before you enter

Find out more

© Chris Gomersall/2020VISION