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Wildlife Garden competition open to all

The team behind Hailsham’s bid for honours in the annual South and South East in Bloom contest has set up a competition that allows any residents in the area that have back or front gardens to enter for the chance to be declared the best garden in the area.

Each garden will be assessed on how the design enhances, protects, and attracts wildlife, the way that the habitat is developed for wildlife such as hedges, flower borders, meadows, and ponds, use of sustainable and natural materials, and any design that helps to reduce the environmental impact of the garden.

The last day to enter the contest is June 12th with forms available from the Market Street town council officers or online at  Entry is free so everyone is encouraged to enter.

Judges will personally visit the destinations they prefer and winners will be announced soon after the closing entry date.

Chairman of Hailsham In Bloom, deputy mayor Jeff Bentley-Astor, stated that gardening with wildlife in mind has become more popular over the past few years and this year the Best Wildlife Garden competition allows residents to show off their efforts.

Janet Simes, a local naturalist, stated that by keeping wildlife in mind while planting gardens such as placing insect larvae and insects plants for food, installing bird feeders, and other pursuits everyone can help chip in and increase local biodiversity levels and help out with local wildlife conservation.

Simes added that providing shelter and food will help native wildlife thrive.


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