City museum garden’s first for wildlife award

Ripon Workhouse Museum garden in its early stages of development. Part of it has been turned into a wildlife garden and been awarded the Wildlife Friendly Garden Award.
Ripon Workhouse Museum garden in its early stages of development. Part of it has been turned into a wildlife garden and been awarded the Wildlife Friendly Garden Award.
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Ripon Workhouse is the first applicant in the city to be awarded the Wildlife Friendly Garden Award.

The museum has transformed part of its grounds into a wildlife garden hoping to encourage and support wildlife and insect population in the area.

The Award Scheme set up by the Harrogate District Biodiversity Action Group (HDBAG) is endorsed by Harrogate Borough Council, RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate in Bloom and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. It aims to encourage households, schools, organisations and businesses to create and maintain a space for wildlife in their garden or on their land.

The scheme aims to provide simple and practical ways for people to help the wildlife and biodiversity in their garden by providing valuable food, water and shelter.

The action group said the size of a person’s garden, courtyard or even window box does not matter, small changes can make a huge difference.

These can include planting nectar rich flowers for food or building a mini bug mansion for shelter.

Neil Jameson, spokesperson of Harrogate Biodiversity group said: “We delighted to be able to present Ripon Workhouse with a Gold award for their efforts in helping local wildlife.

“We very much depend on the local biodiversity or wildlife for our economy, our food and our lifestyle as well as for leisure and enjoyment.

“However our immediate environment is under threat and at a wider national and international level. Hopefully this award scheme will inspire more Ripon residents and organisations to help halt this trend and bring people closer to nature by encouraging wildlife back into their gardens.”

To find out more about the Award Scheme, and to get an application form, go to: www.biodiversityaction.org,uk or email biodiversityaction@gmail.com.

To find out more about Ripon Museums log onto www.riponmuseums.co.uk