Richard Baldwin, Baldwin’s Gardening Solutions
The border will have distinct planting areas and take people on a Wildlife Gardening journey creating opportunities to engage with the space and feel inspired to implement these ideas at home. The garden will be planned, grown and created by the Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust Community project called Wild at Heart. The project focuses on nature connection and strengthening communities. Our design is based around the existing Wild at Heart Garden in Sheffield which is a core resource for the group and haven for wildlife and local people who also use the space.
The border aims to spark joy and conversations about how people can try out simple wildlife gardening ideas in their own spaces, both for their enjoyment as a beautiful, inspiring space but also for the benefit of the nature providing a variety of habitats to live in, food and water. We use all our senses to connect with nature so it becomes a real, felt experience rather than just learning about facts. The garden will bring lots of opportunities for seeing, touching, tasting, smelling and listening to the wonderful haven for nature we can create in the garden. Planned areas include:
-Herb garden, edible and medicinal plants we use in the sessions.
-June flowering cottage garden area
-Bucket pond and solar water feature – showing that you don’t need much space to bring valuable water into the garden both great for nature and relaxing for us to listen to and watch.
-Hedgehog Home, Bird Feeders, Wildlife Camera & Bug Hotel-Rose Garden -Long grasses area, e.g. Festucaglauca and Sedge
-Tall plants that will sway gently in the breeze giving the notion of movement.