Seems like forever ago now (well it was June) that we took part in the Wildlife Trust 30 Days Wild and so much has happened since then.
Here's a quick round-up from the children.
Charlie : I enjoyed 30 days wild because we did lots of cool stuff like making a rain catcher and playing in the river we also found a newt in the garden.
Olive : I like eating the fruit from the garden.
(Yes Olive we know! Sadly I only have a couple of photos and an idea of what the strawberries, red currents and apples may have tasted like!)
Megan : I think 30 days wild was awesome I definitely think it encouraged lots of people to be more wild things. We are very wild already.
You might remember that during the last week of June the Dorset Wildlife Trust came and visited our garden in order to judge how wildlife friendly it was. On Wednesday 19th July, Charlie, Daddy Moo and I drove to a delightful garden centre in Sherborne for the Award Ceremony. When you are 10 this is super exciting and Charlie really couldn't contain himself.
Firstly we were treated to an amazing and inspiring talk by Kate Bradbury, about how she developed a decked area into a wildlife haven. Charlie has been taking notes and teasels are on our list for next year. After what seem liked forever they called out our category “small gardens”. I literally couldn't believe it when they called out our name as “Highly Commended” Charlie was up receiving his award before Daddy Moo and I had time to think.
The competition also saw a high number of entries from younger gardeners, with Charlie Giltrow, 10, who picked up a Highly Commended in the Small Garden category, becoming the youngest contender ever to enter.
He said: “When I heard my name read out as a winner in my category I was so excited. My ambition has always been to become a vet, so ever since we moved into our house two years ago, my sisters and I have been working hard to transform the concrete garden into a haven for birds, frogs, bees and bugs.
Big thank you to the team for making Charlie so welcome and answering his questions. The list of recommendations was a welcome addition alongside his certificate and plaque. We have already started to make some changes in the garden in order to well you know win next year!
We shall be updating you on changes we make in order to develop an even friendlier wildlife garden.