one of the country's leading experts in the recreation and restoration
of natural habitats, Marney Hall's wildlife gardens have attracted
wildlife and an armful of prestigious awards.
who lives in St Ives, has also been described by Country Life magazine
as 'a living national treasure'.
lot of people think they're not artistic, but if they garden, they
are. It's a creative outlet and important to everybody."
Quarryman's butterfly garden, designed by Marney in 1998 won
the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal
admits that she regards gardening as a means of connecting with
Marney, creating spaces that attract and encourage new species of
wildlife are particularly important and rewarding.
of my favourite sites was a concrete sugar beet loading bay in Norfolk.
It was full of scrapped cars and chemical cans.
To be able to convert something that was worthless to wildlife
is very rewarding
Hall, wildlife gardening expert
it is now the most amazing wildflower meadow, with something like
22 species of butterfly, with barn owls, bats and tawny owls and
loads of lovely birds like spotted flycatchers. To
be able to convert something that was worthless to wildlife is very
to attract wildlife to your garden
- Nesting instincts
Structure and shelter in your garden,
and bushes or hedgerows will make excellent safe nesting sites
- Feeding time!
Put out bird feeders, especially from late autumn to early spring.
Give them seeds, specialist bird food, peanuts or fat-balls.
plants that produce lots of fruit, nuts, seeds and berries such
as oak, apple and teasel.
piles of rotting matter to attract insects, such as wood, fallen
fruit and nettles.
Keep grass short for birds to forage, and long grass to provide
cover for insects and small mammals.
Put some water in a lid or shallow pot for birds to have a bathe.
Create a wildlife pond to attract frogs, toads and insects. Make
sure you plant water plants around the edges so they can get in
Leave a patch of your garden untouched, perhaps a space behind
a shed or garage, where plants can grow wild and small mammals
Plant wildflower seeds in your borders next summer. Many seed
packets offer a variety of flower species that attract butterflies
and bees and look beautiful at the same time.
place to relax: Marney's driftwood garden at Hampton Court,