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WildCookham Message Board › The Wild About Gardens Awards are launched!

The Wild About Gardens Awards are launched!

Mike C.
MikeCopland
Maidenhead, GB
Another full house at Lea Barn in Cookham Dean for last night's launch of Cookham's Wild About Gardens Awards.  WildCookham supporter Pam Campin announced the Awards with the help of local Wildlife Trust expert Hilary Phillips.

The self-assessment awards scheme - a pilot scheme which it is hoped to spread across other Maidenhead parishes in future years - encourages garden owners in the Cookhams to take account of 25 possible features under four headings related to wildlife support - food, shelter, water and general garden management.  You can download the assessment form at www.wildmaidenhead.org.uk/wild-about-gar­dens or collect a copy from the Stationery Depot in Cookham Rise.  Depending on the number of features in a garden, bronze, silver and gold awards are on offer - all to be presented in October.

Pam and Hilary stressed the importance of gardens to supporting our biodiversity, given the dramatic fall in diversity overall following increasing urban development and intensive agricultural practices.  Cookham, Pam said, can show the strength of its community, and its commitment to making Cookham a wildlife-friendly community, by making a real success of the new scheme.  She also stressed that the awards criteria are a great way to get some simple ideas about how to encourage wildlife.

Get your Wild About gardens form at www.wildmaidenhead.org.uk/wi­ld-about-gardens, from the Stationery Depot or call 01628 485246 for more information.  And our thanks to Pam and to Cathy Costello, David Norris, Gwen Tyler, Cindy Barnes and Jan Stannard for setting the Awards scheme on its way.

Best regards and Good Wildlife Gardening!

Mike and the WildCookham team
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