Get wild about outside space

THE Royal Horticultural Society and The Wildlife Trusts are urging people to get involved in Wild About Gardens Week.

The focus of this year’s week (September 15 to 21) is on the plight of the UK’s 1,500 species of pollinating insects, and puts an emphasis on encouraging people to do more to support our vital pollinators over the winter months.

The Royal Horticultural Society and The Wildlife Trusts are urging gardeners to create winter habitats for insects, and as part of WAG week the two organisations are running a creative ‘build a bug hotel’ competition.

RHS Senior Entomologist, Andrew Salisbury, said: “Pollinators and other invertebrates need sheltered places to spend the cold winter months. By being a little less tidy, particularly around the base of hedges and in garden borders, and by creating bug hotels and log piles, we can provide much-needed overwintering sites.

“This will also give pollinators in the garden a head start in spring.”

Professor Chris Baines, Vice President of The Wildlife Trusts explained: “We want this week to be not just about doing great things for nature but also about enjoying the wildlife that is already there.”

FOR more information about the awareness raising week, contact Hattie Sherwood in the RHS press office on 020 7821 3126 or instead send an email to Further details about the ‘build a bug hotel’ competition and how to create a bug hotel can be found online now at

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