Hedgehog garden opens at RHS Harlow Carr

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Our Hedgehog Street inspired garden at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate, North Yorkshire was unveiled to visitors for the first time this week.

Artist Julie Cope has built a soil sculpture of a hedgehogCreated by award-winning garden designer Tracy Foster, this new, permanent Hedgehog Street garden showcases a smorgasbord of hedgehog-friendly features designed to encourage visitors to the site to make the green spaces on their doorsteps a haven for these prickly creatures. The garden is made up of a series of individually themed gardens; one contemporary; one rustic; and one Mediterranean. The garden’s hedgehog-friendly aspects include nesting sites and Hedgehog Highways, providing access to neighbouring gardens, safe water features, planting and vegetation, to not only encourage hedgehogs, but also other wildlife and prey.

Our Hedgehog officer Henry Johnson explains: “We hope that thousands of people come and enjoy the garden, learn about declining hedgehog numbers, and feel empowered about the stylish things they can do to help wildlife back home.”

Mediterranean hedgehog-friendly garden, photo by Tracy FosterRHS Garden Harlow Carr Curator, Paul Cook said: ”Hedgehog Street has been an instant hit with visitors who seem to like the scale of the showcase gardens as well as the range of styles. There are a whole host of ideas that people can take home and replicate in their own gardens, and do their bit to help our prickly pals.”

We hope you can visit the garden this summer and get some inspiration for your own patch!

For more information on how you can help hedgehogs, visit: Hedgehog Street is a campaign run by People’s Trust for Endangered Species and British Hedgehog Society. 

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