Wildlife Gardening at Work Awards 2017

Our Wildlife Gardening at Work Awards are open to our Corporate Members and recognise their efforts to look after wildlife on their own patch.

We are delighted to announce the 2017 award winners!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter this year’s awards; it was wonderful to see so many people get involved in gardening to help wildlife at work. All the spaces created and maintained with wildlife in mind provide a place for species to thrive. As well as giving wildlife a home, it’s clear that the scheme is also a great way to bring staff together and closer to nature.

Best Wildlife Sighting in a Wildlife Garden - David Ball Group

For the third consecutive year, this Cambridgeshire-based company has provided a haven for wildlife. The company has planted an orchard and a wildlife friendly patch, as well has making its own compost, a large pond, log piles and bug hotels. Employees are reaping rewards for their efforts, spotting many different species during their working day, and wildlife caught on camera include foxes, muntjacs, badgers, stoats and buzzards.

Rowan Swanser, Compliance Manager, said, “We’re so pleased to have won this award again; it’s a real thrill to be able to see the local wildlife flourishing around our HQ. It goes to show that business and wildlife can co-exist in harmony when the environment is looked after in the right way.”

Best Newcomer Wildlife Garden - Unilever Research Colworth

The large park covers 100 acres of parkland and is maintained to encourage and sustain wildlife. The grass meadow is a haven for bees, butterflies and other insects, which also make use of the flower beds, trees and lawns. Little, barn and tawny owls are all breeding on the site, and the Sharn Brook cuts through the parkland, so staff members have spotted some fantastic water-loving creatures.

“We’re delighted to have been awarded the Best Newcomer Wildlife Garden Award. It's a great reflection on the landscaping team, who have worked tirelessly to create and evolve an environment where people and wildlife thrive alongside each other, whilst maintaining our beautiful parkland setting. By changing the way we manage the grounds we’ve been able to create swathes of natural habitats for insects, birds and other wildlife. Colworth Park's beautiful setting continues to be the jewel in our crown, and receiving this award makes all the hard work worthwhile."

Best Use of Recycled Materials in a Wildlife Garden - Granta Park

Granta Park’s stunning ‘living wall’ has turned wasted space in their car park into a vertical garden. Made from recycled material, it ensures that the plants are in their natural environment and is perfect for attracting butterflies and other insects.The park also has bug hotels made from recycled wood and deadwood habitats which staff members have volunteered to create, as well as building bird boxes.

Elly Miller told us: “We are absolutely thrilled to win this award and we hope it will encourage even more staff at Granta Park to get involved with our wildlife projects! We work extremely hard every year to think of new ideas to highlight how important conservation is; thank you to the Wildlife Trust BCN for recognising our efforts.”

Best Employee Engagement in a Wildlife Garden - Wellcome Genome Campus and Cranfield University (joint winners)

Wellcome impressed with their event for staff and visitors, which encouraged people to think beyond the aesthetic and instead plant to benefit wildlife. There was a plant sale and seed swap, and an opportunity to learn new ideas such as how to make a container pond. This will encourage others to get involved and to make a difference for wildlife on their own patch.

Jayne Proctor, Facilities Manager: “We are delighted with our award. Our seed swap event and plant sale event was extremely well received by Campus staff, with the seeds having been collected from the Campus grounds. The aim of the event was to encourage staff to grow seeds from scratch, no matter how small or large their gardens are. We are extremely proud of our grounds at Hinxton and we will continue to foster biodiversity and wildlife on our Campus at every opportunity.”

Cranfield University has a whole programme for biodiversity, including walks, awareness-raising campaigns and conservation events. The campus has a mixture of woodland, wetland, natural long grasses and planted mixtures of wildflowers, together with allotment plots (a fantastic way to bring people closer to nature on a regular basis). Staff and students are encouraged to interact with wildlife on campus and to contribute to the Biodiversity Action Plan. Many have taken part in conservation activities at a nearby nature reserve, and there are plans to further engage staff through a honey harvesting day.

Best Small Space Wildlife Garden – Ciconi

Staff at the Warboys-based company created a bird feeding station by making use of an old tyre for plants; not only will it look pretty, but it will also attract insects!

If you would like to know how you can improve your workplace grounds for wildlife, please contact us for your free wildlife gardening guide. We look forward to seeing what next year’s competition will bring.


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