Wildlife Gardening Winners reap rewards

Published: 23rd September 2016

Green fingered gardeners were honoured this week when the winner of the Fermanagh and Omagh Wildlife Gardening Competition was awarded with their prize by the Chairperson of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Cllr Garrity.

The competition, aimed at promoting the creation of gardens which are attractive and welcoming to both wildlife and people, is an initiative by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council to support the implementation of the Fermanagh and Omagh Local Biodiversity Action Plan.

The gardens were judged on the variety of features that support wildlife which were incorporated, such as nest boxes and ponds; the range of plants grown to provide food and refuge for wildlife all year round, and the sensitive use of natural resources such as peat-free composts.

Winner and Runner-up in Fermanagh and Omagh’s Wildlife Gardening Competition, private garden category 2016 were:

Wildlife Garden winners;

Winner – Rhona Alcorn, Loughmuck

Runner up – Georgina Millar, Drumquin

Cllr Mary Garrity of Fermanagh of Omagh District Council, presented Mrs Alcorn and her daughter with their wildlife gardening prizes. “We’ve had an excellent response,” said Cllr Garrity. “Standards have been very high and I am delighted that we are rewarding all the hard work and thought they put into gardening with nature in mind.”

Julie Corry, Fermanagh and Omagh Biodiversity Officer congratulated everyone who took part in the competition and urged people to continue improving their gardens for wildlife.

“With our wildlife habitats increasingly under threat, from climate change and habitat fragmentation, every garden, no matter what size, has enormous potential to act as a mini nature reserve. Each garden on its own may be small, but together they form a patchwork of habitats for wildlife. By making simple changes, such as putting up a nest box or planting nectar-rich plants to attract butterflies, to bigger projects such as building a pond or planting a native hedgerow,  individual gardeners or group projects can make a huge difference to the biodiversity of the district”, she said.

To get tips and advice on how you can do your bit for biodiversity, contact Julie Corry, Omagh Biodiversity Officer on 0300 303 1777 or email Julie.corry@fermanaghomagh.com.

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