CHESHIRE Wildlife Trust is launching a competition to find the most wildlife friendly miniature garden.

The charity wants a Wildlife Friendly Garden Planter to take to the RHS Show at Tatton Park in July.

The competition highlights the fact you do not need a large garden in order to make it friendly for wildlife and is part of the trust’s new Wildlife Friendly Garden Award scheme.

“Just a few simple changes or additions to a garden can make a huge difference for wildlife,” said Sue Tatman, CWT’s Gardening for Wildlife officer.

“A bird feeder, some nectar-rich flowers and a pile of twigs or leaves can all benefit a range of wildlife from birds such as blue tits and woodpeckers through to invertebrates such as ladybirds and centipedes.”

The winning entries could be planters, window boxes or even a hanging basket combining an attractive design plus wildlife-friendly features all contained within a 50x50cm planter.

Entries can be sent in as photographs or you are invited to display the ‘real thing’ at CWT’s free family fun day One Earth Festival at the trust’s HQ, Bickley Hall Farm, Bickley near Malpas, on Sunday, July 5.

The final three planters will be taken to the RHS Show at Tatton Park from July 22-26 to be displayed on the Cheshire Wildlife Trust stand.Š

The winners will also be presented with vouchers totalling £275, generously donated by The Grosvenor Garden Centre near Chester.

Entry forms and further information about the Wildlife Friendly Garden Award scheme can be downloaded from www.cheshire or send a stamped SAE to Planter Competition, Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Bickley Hall Farm, Bickley near Malpas, Cheshire SY14 8EF.Š