The new, updated edition of the ‘RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening’ is released on 1st September… and I have one copy up for grabs.
Here’s a little about Chris Baines’ book from the publisher, Frances Lincoln:
Wildlife has become a mainstream issue for gardeners and the public since this best-selling book was first published as ‘How to Make a Wildlife Garden’ and launched at the 1985 Chelsea Flower Show. Fully revised and updated by the author, this beautiful new edition is freshly illustrated and it highlights the changes in garden wildlife over the past 30 years. It incorporates RHS research, updates best practice and addresses a multitude of controversial conservation issues. The book is packed full of practical advice – which plants to choose for bees, birds and butterflies, how to construct the ideal wildlife pond, where to position nesting boxes; how to enjoy wildlife in any size of outdoor space. Good gardening is at the heart of this book, but it is also a celebration of the rich variety of wild plants and animals that can bring a beautiful garden to life. Gardeners have come to play an increasingly important role in nature conservation. The gardens of any town or village combine to create a rich and diverse network of wildlife habitats. The lawns and hedges, flower borders, shrubberies, vegetable patches and fruit trees are all important, and the author shows how wildlife gardening can make a stylish and enjoyable contribution to the environment. New gardeners will be inspired by this authoritative book and it will also delight the very many owners of the best-selling original.
Chris Baines is the UK’s foremost wildlife gardening expert. He has had a multifaceted career as a landscape architect, advisor to industry and government, teacher, writer and broadcaster, but the common theme that runs through all his work is concern for wildlife. He is National Vice President of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, winner of the RSPB conservation medal and a passionate campaigner for easy access to nature.
The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening. Its RHS gardens are an inspiration to many and its charitable work provides expert advice and information, trains the next generation of gardeners, creates hands-on opportunities for children to grow plants, and conducts research into issues that affect gardeners.
Personally, I find attracting all sorts of wildlife into the garden a huge bonus; and very satisfying too. Apart from slugs, that is. And rabbits. And lily beetles. And sawfly. And whitefly. And deer. And moles. And … (We get the idea – Ed). If enticing more creatures and wild-flowers into your garden is important to you too, this book will be a great addition to your gardening library. For your chance to win a copy of the ‘The Companion to Wildlife Gardening’ simply:
say you want to enter in the “Any Thoughts?” box below
You can also enter via Twitter or Facebook – check my twitter feed and Facebook page for details.
Please note that the prize can only be posted to a UK postal address.
The competition will close at midnight on Sunday 28th August 2016.
I’ll draw the winner from my very-smart-yet-practical-gardening-uniform hat and add the result to the bottom of this post.
To order the ‘RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening’ at the discounted price of £20 including p&p* (RRP: £25), telephone 01903 828503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote the offer code QPG445.
*UK only – please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.