Chelsea gold medal winner Tracy Foster unveil's hedgehog friendly garden for Hampton Court

A hedgehog-themed garden will appear at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show (July 8 - 13) to raise awareness of why urban hedgehogs are slowly dying out.

Tracy Foster's hedgehog garden design. Illustration by Phil Game.
Tracy Foster's hedgehog garden design. Illustration by Phil Game.
The garden, designed by Tracy Foster of Tracy Foster Garden Design in Leeds and called Hedgehog Street, features a hedgehog hole, water source, wild area and hedgehog seats and sculpture, for sponsors The British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) and People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES).

The garden, which is also hedgehog friendly, aims to raise awareness that hedgehogs are endangered and show how garden designers, landscapers and gardeners can help the species.

Hedgehog populations in the UK have dropped by over a third in the last 10 years and it is now thought there are fewer than a million left.

BHPS chief executive Fay Vass said: "The decline of hedgehogs can be attributed to a number of environmental factors, including neat and tidy gardens that are isolated from one another by fences or walls, preventing hedgehogs from finding shelter, food and mates. 

"The average range for a hedgehog in an urban area covers about 500 gardens, so we need people to help these iconic creatures by joining up their gardens."

The charity advises gardeners to create holes at ground level between gardens so that the creatures can roam. Checking the ground for hedgehogs before mowing and leaving some untidy areas are also encouraged. Hedgehogs drink from ponds so ensuring the water is clean also helps.

Tracy Foster won a gold medal and the People's Choice Award (small gardens) for her Bronte’s Yorkshire Garden, built by Aire Valley Landscapes and Richard Clegg for sponsors Welcome to Yorkshire at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2012.

 

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