FIRST prize to 8 The Leys
A long, thin back garden that
fulfilled the brief 100% to provide a rich home for birds and bees and other
insects, as well as a variety of interesting things to discover for the human
visitor. A cleverly winding path both gave access to, and provided diverse
attractions along the entire length of the garden.
For the birds there were bird feeders, water, hangers containing nesting material and trees providing berries such as Rowan. For bees there were plenty of flowers providing nectar such as lavender and herbs...thyme, oregano and rosemary. Honeysuckle and Abelia provided scent and nectar for night flying moths.
There was also a meadow and wildflower area (including yellow rattle to help moderate grass growth) and a vegetated pond/wet area (good for newts). Various kinds of bees, hoverflies and butterflies were enjoying the garden including a meadow brown, gatekeeper, small white and green veined white butterfly. There were also several native trees including a silver birch, maple, ash and Scots pine and plenty of undergrowth, providing a good mixture of light and shade. A large bug hotel and a log pile encouraged invertebrates and hedges provided lots of habitats. A fine example of well-managed and ecologically productive 'wilding'.