This garden is a contemporary interpretation of a wildlife sanctuary, inspired by native woodlands and the rehabilitation of wild animals that forms part of the RSPCA’s vital welfare work. Created using a fusion of natural, sustainable and recycled materials, it demonstrates how we can have a positive impact on biodiversity and live as part of the natural environment.
In the corner of the garden sits a contemporary structure akin to a wildlife observation hide, enabling views out into the space. A natural stone feature wall, with contemporary bird nesting boxes, forms the rear. Laser-cut Corten steel contains a modern interpretation of a ‘dead hedge’, which becomes a habitat for birds, mammals and insects, recycled garden waste – and provides a place to sit.
A small stream, framed by recycled plastic, flows through the garden, creating movement and sound. It cascades into a pool, providing a spot for quiet contemplation, as well as a source of water for wildlife.
The whole space is enclosed by hedging and a canopy of native trees and shrubs, essential for birds and wildlife. Planting is in a multi-layered naturalistic style, in shades of green, whites and tones of ‘RSPCA’ blue, with pollinator-friendly plants.
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The UK’s leading animal welfare charity, the RSPCA is approaching its 200th anniversary, which takes place in 2024. It specialises in animal rescue and furthering the welfare cause for all animals. Its goal is also to inspire and empower people to help wildlife in their own gardens and communities.
The show garden will be relocated to the RSPCA’s education hub at Stapeley Grange Wildlife Rescue Centre in Nantwich, Cheshire to support their prevention work and create a world that’s kinder to all animals. The space will deliver impactful experiences and bring essential animal welfare education to communities who have fewer opportunities to connect with their environment. As well as using learning in the natural environment to reach out and support young people, families and vulnerable adults, the education hub will support the emotional wellbeing and resilience of those taking part. The garden will enable thousands of people to develop kindness and empathy for animals and their environment, as well as investigative and problem-solving skills and resilience through hands-on activities, outdoor exploration and inquiry-based learning.
Head to the link below to find out more about the garden and the people involved in its creation and legacy.