Celebrities urge gardeners to save the nation?s hedgehogs

Twiggy, Ben Fogle, Bill Oddie and Chris Beardshaw are backing Wild About Gardens Week ? which takes place Monday 26 October to Sunday 1 November ? and urging gardeners to help save hedgehogs.

The annual celebration of garden wildlife hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society and The Wildlife Trusts has joined forces with Hedgehog Street this year to highlight what gardeners can do to help this much-loved yet fast-declining species.

Research by People?s Trust for Endangered Species shows that hedgehogs have declined by 30% in the last 10 years and there are thought to be fewer than one million left in the UK. This year?s Wild About Gardens Week will be a call to action and a celebration of the humble hedgehog, including:

A national call to action to create hedgehog holes in fences ? a template can be downloaded from the Wild About Gardens Week website.

A competition to design the best hedgehog home with three categories ? individual, group and school. Prizes will range from a trail camera to a visit from a hedgehog expert.

A host of hedgehog-themed events around the UK, from talks and workshops to community activities. At RHS Garden Harlow Carr a new garden will be launched in participation with Hedgehog Street (pictured).

A downloadable new booklet, available from the website, which demonstrates steps you can take to help hedgehogs in your garden.

A Twitter Q&A about hedgehogs using #wildgardensQA on Wednesday 28 October between midday and 1pm.

For further information about all of the above, please visit: www.wildaboutgardensweek.org.uk

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