A Hedgehog Street-inspired garden at RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate, has been unveiled for the first time.
Created by award-winning garden designer Tracy Foster, the new Hedgehog Street garden showcases a smorgasbord of hedgehog-friendly features designed to encourage visitors to RHS Harlow Carr 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. Its hedgehog-friendly aspects include nesting sites and Hedgehog Highways, providing access to neighbouring gardens, safe water features, planting and vegetation, to not encourage hedgehogs and other wildlife and prey.
Henry Johnson, Hedgehog Officer for Hedgehog Street says: “We have been working on Hedgehog Street garden for 21 months, so it’s really exciting to be able to finally share the garden with the public.
“It’s been a pleasure to work with Tracy Foster again and the RHS Harlow Carr team – with their combined skills we have been able to push hedgehog-friendly garden design into new areas.
“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.”
RHS 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.”
The garden has been unveiled by wildlife charities People’s Trust for Endangered Species and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.