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North Yorkshire Gardener Gathers Experts For Wildlife Know-how Day

Stillingfleet Lodge Nurseries

6:00am 14th June 2013

A woman who has been encouraging wildlife into her four acre garden for over 35 years is holding a Wildlife Day today (Saturday 15th June) from 10am to 5pm at Stillingfleet near York.

Vanessa Cook, along with local wildlife organisations and experts, hopes the day will enthuse people about the wildlife in their gardens and provide them with practical tips on how to share even the smallest of spaces with animals, birds and insects.

Gardeners are in the front line of the battle to preserve nature; particularly species that are under threat. The UK's 15 million gardens already provide important homes for wildlife. But, with many countryside creatures in decline like the common frog, song thrush, hedgehog and bee, more needs to be done in to provide the right conditions for them to survive in our domestic gardens.

Vanessa believes there are simple things we can all do to provide food and habitats for a healthy ecosystem in any space.

“Everyone can be a wildlife gardener. Whether you are an expert gardener or you are someone who enjoys growing plants in patio pots. And this day is about showing you how. It’s very practical with lots of experts providing advice” says Vanessa.

"Stillingfleet Lodge gardens and nursery are set in the grounds of an 18th century farmhouse run on organic principals. It is full of life. Forty-five different birds have been found in the garden, it provides an ideal place for the Hedgehog Society to release rescued hedgehogs and the Butterfly Conservation regularly trap moths for identification purposes. There are rare and unusual hens, some of which are free to roam in the gardens, and five beehives.

"Visitors can wander through Stillingfleet’s cottage style gardens, the wildflower meadow, take the woodland walk and explore the pond and vegetable patch. There is also a contemporary garden with rill feature to see.

“Forty years ago when we came to Stillingfleet our approach to gardening was not at all main-stream. We are now happily ‘on trend’. What gardener now wants to be anything other than organic and wildlife-friendly?” says Vanessa.

Amongst those taking part in Stillingfleet Lodge gardens second wildlife day are:

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Hedgehog Society, British Trust for Ornithology, Yorkshire Mammal Group, Butterfly Conservation, Selby Wildlife Group, Wolds Barn Owl Group, Lindum Turf and a host of other experts.

They will provide advice on growing wild flower meadows, demonstrate bird-ringing, examine owl pellets, take visitors on dragonfly and bumblebee identification walks, look at moths and answer questions about bee keeping.

Refreshments will be available and pizzas will be served up from the ‘Big Red Oven’, belonging to local farming family the Newland’s.

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