Our award-winning hedgehog show garden, created with partners British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS), has inspired a housing group to create a hedgehog friendly neighbourhood.
Paragon Estate Services Officer, Phil Sinfield, was recently inspired by our RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show garden – Hedgehog Street. Phil set about recreating this idea in a disused communal sensory garden in Walton-on-Thames on the St John’s estate which is known for its hedgehog population.
The garden was created in just one day by local young people. The transformation included planting hedgehog-friendly plants, creating ponds and carving beautiful hedgehog ornaments. Crucially, the fence running through the Hedgehog Street garden has a series of holes cut into it to allow the creatures to move through the space as they forage for food, shelter and mates.
Paragon were delighted to welcome our Hedgehog Officer, Henry Johnson. Henry commented “I can’t believe how much the estate community have already achieved in just one day. It’s fantastic to work with Phil and see our campaign spreading into new neighbourhoods with people of all ages getting engaged with their local wildlife. Our Hedgehog Street campaign strives to see households up and down the country link their gardens with their neighbours’ to increase habitat connectivity for hedgehogs. The St John’s Hedgehog Street garden is a great new addition to the campaign as well as an asset to the local community.”
You can pledge to create holes for ‘hogs or add any already made in your garden to the Hedgehog Street national map.