Win one of 5 copies of the RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening by Chris Baines!

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This month you could be in with a chance of winning one of 5 copies of the RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening by Chris Baines, published by Frances Lincoln (£25).

Wildlife has become a mainstream issue for gardeners and the public since this best-selling book was first published as How to Make a Wildlife Garden, and launched at the 1985 Chelsea Flower Show. Fully revised and updated by the author, this beautiful new edition is freshly illustrated and it highlights the changes in garden wildlife over the past 30 years.

It incorporates RHS research, updates best practice and addresses a multitude of controversial conservation issues. The book is packed full of practical advice – which plants to choose for bees, birds and butterflies, how to construct the ideal wildlife pond, where to position nesting boxes; how to enjoy wildlife in any size of outdoor space. Good gardening is at the heart of this book, but it is also a celebration of the rich variety of wild plants and animals that can bring a beautiful garden to life.

Gardeners have come to play an increasingly important role in nature conservation. The gardens of any town or village combine to create a rich and diverse network of wildlife habitats. The lawns and hedges, flower borders, shrubberies, vegetable patches and fruit trees are all important, and the author shows how wildlife gardening can make a stylish and enjoyable contribution to the environment. New gardeners will be inspired by this authoritative book and it will also delight the very many owners of the best-selling original.

Chris Baines is the UK’s foremost wildlife gardening expert. He has had a multifaceted career as a landscape architect, advisor to industry and government, teacher, writer and broadcaster, but the common theme that runs through all his work is concern for wildlife. He is National Vice President of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, winner of the RSPB conservation medal and a passionate campaigner for easy access to nature.

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening. Its RHS gardens are an inspiration to many and its charitable work provides expert advice and information, trains the next generation of gardeners, creates hands-on opportunities for children to grow plants, and conducts research into issues that affect gardeners.

“An essential read for anyone interested in preserving wildlife while creating a truly beautiful green space.” – Mail on Sunday

Praise for the first edition:

“Baines’ 1985 classic discusses habitat destruction and explains why we need to encourage wildlife to our gardens. It’s still relevant today. Baines explains how to feed and study wildlife, and create mini versions of lost habitats.” – BBC Wildlife

“A great book by Britain’s premier wildlife champion” – Daily Telegraph

“Since its first publication in 1985, this book has established itself as the most authoritative book on wildlife”

The results are in!

Congratulations to our winner
Sue Nathan, Valerie Brown, Kevin Guy, Linda Rigby & Andrew Reid
We will contact you via email to assist in claiming your prize!

Thank you to all who entered, and good luck with our other competitions!
Sylvia52
9th Sep 2016
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erobe
8th Sep 2016
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Would love to introduce more wild flowers into our small back garden - but need advice re what and where.
GrannyG
8th Sep 2016
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Wildlife gardening is something my grandchildren would love
Sueallotment
8th Sep 2016
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I have allotments and devote a lot of the ground to flowers to attract wildlife, much to the amusement and amazement of my fellow allotmenteers. I also do complemetary gardening so flowers and veg and fruit are all grown together. I love it there, it is so calm and beautiful.
Dickens
8th Sep 2016
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I have a small wild life garden patch for the last couple of years, mainly for bees, and butterfly's but I would love to expand it for other wild life too. The his book would be a huge help so fingers crossed.
Jose Johnson
8th Sep 2016
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I would love this book to give me ideas to create a small wildlife garden area
Angel61
8th Sep 2016
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We are just creating a garden which we hope wildlife will be a regular visitor so this book would be a real treat.
Colleen Cockett
8th Sep 2016
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Our garden is already habitat for several species of wildlife but it would be lovely to have some more come to visit or stay.
Autocratic
7th Sep 2016
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This would give me some good foundations for setting out my new garden, I want it to be wildlife friendly.
BernieM
3rd Sep 2016
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Would love to encourage more bee's and wildlife into the garden and this book would give me all that information.
Jim Khana
3rd Sep 2016
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A worthwhile book for all wildlife gardeners
sycamore1
3rd Sep 2016
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I want to help our bees thrive by planting bee-friendly plants in my garden.
MissW52
3rd Sep 2016
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I have various birds that come to my garden including a family of Magpies. I have a special bush that the bees love. Would love to read about what more can be done to invite wildlife into my garden.
Jean Cadby
4th Sep 2016
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Don't encourage the magpies they kill off the other baby birds.
MissW52
5th Sep 2016
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I have been in my house nearly 30 years & never had an issue with Magpies or any other birds in my garden.
GrannyJack
3rd Sep 2016
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Have a front garden that is full of trees and wild flowers are the best
60s sue
2nd Sep 2016
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Just starting to enjoy gardening. This would help plan my garden
Vietjock
2nd Sep 2016
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An ideal present for a friend of mine
Wispa
2nd Sep 2016
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Fingers crossed love my garden & our resident toad ( we have no pond ) my grandchildren love to see him too,don't know if he'll vanish in the winter !
Tessie Lu
2nd Sep 2016
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Sounds a perfect addition to any gardeners library of what to do next.
eddie l
2nd Sep 2016
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That would be a really useful read.
widelens
2nd Sep 2016
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Wildlife and plants are inextricably linked ...as I am with my garden.
ceb
2nd Sep 2016
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My friend is trying very hard to make her garden more attractive to wildlife - she would love this.
Tdm
2nd Sep 2016
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just what i need to help with my attempts at gardening
Diggyblu
2nd Sep 2016
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Perfect gift for my best friend who is moving from town to the country soon!
Olive45
2nd Sep 2016
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Conservation, conservation, conservation.
Furryboy
2nd Sep 2016
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We have tried hard to make our garden wildlife friendly. Any additional help would be most welcome. Insect numbers seem to have been low this year so would value some input on how to make things better to encourage more.
TheNightmareKid
2nd Sep 2016
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My wife and I both love wildlife/gardening so this would be a dream come true.
Bryherdian
2nd Sep 2016
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I have a very large garden which has become a real problem now with old age galloping up. I have had to abandon my veg patch and large flower garden and so it would be wonderful to turn it into a wildlife area.
Susan
2nd Sep 2016
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I always want to encourage wild life in my garden. However I have a tiny cottage with a tiny garden so the more tips the merrier. I had a hedgehog the other day nestling in the bushes so that was extra special. Thanks for the chance to win this book. Sue
holmfirth
2nd Sep 2016
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I am always open to advice on how to improve all aspects of my gardening skills
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My wife is the gardener in our house and would love this book.
Vhaycock
31st Aug 2016
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What a lovely reference to have for this subject. We have all seen these ideas shown on tele, but how nice to have them and more, in one collection. I am currently creating, what I call, my whacky garden in the spare space which will include many of these type of things, and others.
Pat Bennett
31st Aug 2016
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Boy, would that book be an advantage!! In an effort to encourage more wildlife into the garden this year, I planted a lavender border, and some buddlea, and hung up bird feeders.
Also scattered two boxes of ' wildflower ' seeds in a big area I had cleared. Well- the shrubs were great- loads of butterflies and bees and insects.
However- the two boxes of 'wildflower seeds were drastic!!!! The only flowers to appear were a couple of wild poppies and the rest of my large cleared area was filled with dandelions and dock leaves!!! Now I have to go out every day to hoe the area to get rid of the ghastly things!! So much for' wild flowers! Never again!
If I ever get finally rid of the weeds, I'll scatter proper named varieties.
That book would be a great source of information. Would love it x
Dickens
30th Aug 2016
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I sow a couple of packets of wild flower seeds for birds and butterflies, these do very well each year. But would like a change of flowers this coming year.
123Siobhan
30th Aug 2016
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goodness me I should have read my post more closely and corrected the spelling mistakes before posting, please forgive, was to excited
123Siobhan
30th Aug 2016
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In the middle of redesigning a boring garden into one more wildlife friendly this book woud be agrat help if i win.
johnmacculloch
30th Aug 2016
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we need more wildlife plants around us as they give us added colour and freshness and are always easy on the eye
Bracken
25th Aug 2016
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Jim Khana
23rd Aug 2016
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Would love to win this interesting book
Susiella
22nd Aug 2016
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lornamunro
22nd Aug 2016
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I would love this book for my sister...she loves all wild life.she even picks worms of the ground/road an puts them back onto grass
This book would be a great help to her
Raykay
22nd Aug 2016
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An interesting looking book..................
she86
21st Aug 2016
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I would love to learn more about how to encourage wildlife to my garden
Jan Wyatt
21st Aug 2016
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I would love this book as a gift for my husband who works so very hard to create a beautiful garden for our family to enjoy and would like to encourage more wildlife in to it.
KateD
20th Aug 2016
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Would've great to win a copy of the book. My husband is well into birds and wildlife in our garden. We love watching the goldfinch and bullfinch on the bird table.
Derek78
20th Aug 2016
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I am very keen on wildlife and it would be good to learn more
Just Jean
20th Aug 2016
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Would love to have a wild life garden but do not know where to start.
grassier
20th Aug 2016
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would love to win this, as i would love some ideas on wildlife for on my patio area, and love my outdoor space
backpacker
20th Aug 2016
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My aim is to make my small garden a haven for wildlife - everything from birds, bees and bugs to all creatures in between. They're all welcome, but a book specifically on this topic would be a huge help to me - and them.
BernieM
19th Aug 2016
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Would love to encourage more wildlife into the garden x
Funny Girl
19th Aug 2016
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I would like some ideas on how to improve my wild garden and this book would give me the know how of how to proceed
dog walker
19th Aug 2016
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We are both keen gardeners and welcome all forms of wildlife in our garden. We have numerous plants that are welcoming to wild life, plus a pond with fr,God, toads, newts and a couple of types of fish. One of these books would be useful to improve any aspect.
Dickens
19th Aug 2016
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What a fab prize love my garden and I would really like to attract more wildlife to share it with.
ChrisO1
19th Aug 2016
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Heavens knows I could do with a copy !!!
Joanie Ponie
19th Aug 2016
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Love my garden and the wildlife that visits...this book would give me some excellent advice to attract more creatures to my little haven!
Beverly
19th Aug 2016
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Would love to win this lovely book, maybe we could learn some new visitors statistics
Susan
19th Aug 2016
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Wild life so important to preserve. Sue
Tarwathie
19th Aug 2016
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The book looks to be an excellent and inspiring guide.
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Conscious of the need to protect and encourage wildlife and everyone can do their bit in their garden however small.
ladygrey
19th Aug 2016
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Not a very good gardener so I think I would benefit from a book like this.
Dolly
19th Aug 2016
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Have tried things to help wildlife but not sure I am doing it right or enough. This book will help me and them!
Rosali
19th Aug 2016
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Need plenty of advice for my garden
Mermaid1only
19th Aug 2016
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Love wildlife in the garden
titans
19th Aug 2016
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My garden is wildlife friendly but would love to improve it
cazann2103
19th Aug 2016
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I would love to win this book, I need all the help I can get 🙂
jomcg
19th Aug 2016
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I have just moved into a new house so have a chance to create a new garden and this book would be a great guide for me.
Honeypot61
19th Aug 2016
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Great looking book. Always good to encourage wild life to gardens and surrounding areas. I like nothing more than watching the birds and squirrels they keep our gardens alive.
olddave1
19th Aug 2016
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I would love to win this book
Ernie S
19th Aug 2016
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Would love to own this book, as much as the blackbirds enjoy all my blueberries. They don't need encouraging, just do what comes naturally.
aehall
19th Aug 2016
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What a lovely wildlife gardening book you are offering as prize. The closing date 11th September 2016 would have been my dear Mother's 99th birthday, had she not passed away in 1973 just after my 18th birthday. My Mum was a botanist, and my late Dad a nurseryman. Gardening is my hobby, I think I have inherited my love of plants and wildlife from both my parents. Where I live I have only a small courtyard, but I have well over 40 troughs, pots, tubs and hanging baskets. Last year I received a 'Highly Commended' certificate in our local villages' best gardens competition. This year the results are not yet published, but I hope this year I actually win a prize. Green fingers crossed!!
sheila 79
19th Aug 2016
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this sounds really beniftial, our wild life is important in or out of our gardens ,i would like this book very much ...
JackieJ
19th Aug 2016
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Wildlife needs all the help it can get so if I could help by planting the best species for them would be great.
KenC
19th Aug 2016
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I love to encourage wildlife into my garden. This book will make five lucky people very happy!
beatlesone
19th Aug 2016
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Now I'm retired I am ow starting to spend more time in the garden and this would be a great companion
Nanny p
19th Aug 2016
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Would love to read with and to the grandchildren.
Linda Keech
19th Aug 2016
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This looks lovely, would come in very handy & informative for my husband & myself as we have two allotments & a garden.
Lynn Norman
19th Aug 2016
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Would be great to have some good advice on attracting more wildlife into the garden .
mogsey5
19th Aug 2016
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Looks like a good read
LyndaN
19th Aug 2016
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Looks an interesting book. I would love to own it.
supergran26
19th Aug 2016
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Would love to know more about the plants and the wildlife.
Canadian Fox
19th Aug 2016
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Looks to be the perfect book to help my young grandson learn about nature and to respect our environment
4BEARS
19th Aug 2016
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Such diminishing numbers of wildlife, bees hedgehogs, butterfiles ans such, we need any guidance to inprove for future!
bugsbunny
19th Aug 2016
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Always keen for new ideas for garden.
SallyH1
19th Aug 2016
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janiemur
19th Aug 2016
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Looking to add planters to garden and would love some help.
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ALLWAYS WILLING TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW AND BE INSPIRED
AnneT1
19th Aug 2016
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Would use this lovely book for inspiration in attracting more wildlife into my garden.
annbakeronegmailcom
19th Aug 2016
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Live in city but near to a park and would like to attract more wild birds to visit my garden.
big mamma daisy
19th Aug 2016
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Fingers crossed. Would love to win one of these books. Need some ideas to encourage wildlife.
affeni
19th Aug 2016
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Fantastic prize for some lucky winner not a common known subject for most of us what to plant to encourage more wildlife..
Pam Benton
19th Aug 2016
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Recently moved house,want ideas how to plan my garden
productofthe40s
19th Aug 2016
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Oh well, fingers crossed that my perceived acts of kindness for my garden companions can actually be backed by such an authoritative tome on the subject.
ElaineAnn
19th Aug 2016
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Can mainly only do pots now but would love ideas what to plant in these to
Janchris
19th Aug 2016
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Will be interesting to find out what other things we could plant to encourage more wildlife
Bridied
19th Aug 2016
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Would be great to put in plants to encourage wildlife
janash
19th Aug 2016
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We are trying to establish a wildlife area in our garden. This looks like an excellent bible to help!
joan boakes
19th Aug 2016
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I love wildlife and try to encourage as much as possible both in my garden and my donkey meadow. Any ideas on how to increase the visitors would be very welcome so winning this book would be great.
Judith358
19th Aug 2016
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I am just in the process of sorting out my garden, it is quite big and I have lots of room to incorporate various wildlife habitats. This book would enable me to do this correctly to obtain the best results. Fingers crossed!
NannaMo
19th Aug 2016
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Fingers (and everything else!) crossed for a win 🙂 xx
jettez
19th Aug 2016
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Had so many bees this yr would like to encourage more
johnny
19th Aug 2016
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my self and my 15yr old granddaughter we both would love 2 share this book together
SheilaB2
19th Aug 2016
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What a lovely book to win
LizzieClack
19th Aug 2016
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saw53
19th Aug 2016
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Love gardening, love wildlife, this book would encourage me to combine the two in my garden.
Trishy
19th Aug 2016
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The Birds and the Bees...... and the way we plant our gardens.... never has it been so important... we can all make a difference, sometimes in tiny ways, to support wild life close to home
sheilie
19th Aug 2016
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Wild life is so important to the human race when will people learn
maureenmargret
19th Aug 2016
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This is a lovely prize might inspire me to do more gardening
Minted
19th Aug 2016
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It is so important to help preserve our bees as they are pivotal to our future!
willo
19th Aug 2016
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Robyn Gadd
19th Aug 2016
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I am doing a course on wild bees this weekend and would love to know more about attracting them to the garden together with other wildlife.
Globug
19th Aug 2016
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Spending more time at home and enjoying my garden now. Would love this book
janetapple
19th Aug 2016
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I would love to win this !!!!
Willowthewisp
19th Aug 2016
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I live in a static caravan with a hedgerow right around my little garden.....Already have wildlife but would really like to make it special.....thanks
Helen 46
19th Aug 2016
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This would be such a help as we are converting part of our communal garden into a wildflower patch to try and help wildlife
scattysmammy
19th Aug 2016
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Just starting a new garden and the book would help to make it wildlife friendly.
Snowey
19th Aug 2016
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garden bird
19th Aug 2016
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Would love this book we already feed badgers that come into our garden and have bug boxes would love to find out more
ralphsgranny
19th Aug 2016
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Oh how I'd love one of these books please! My husband and I are embarking on a self build (yes, in our 60s!) and we have a large garden to design. We already have lots of wildlife visiting our land, which has woodland at the back and we want to encourage the wildlife as much as possible. Fingers crossed!
happy nana
16th Aug 2016
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Pat Ball
15th Aug 2016
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Got to be in it too win it !!
Wendy16
15th Aug 2016
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maureen
15th Aug 2016
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Would like this prize ....I need all the help on making a wild garden or any gardening tips x
BrokenGiant
13th Aug 2016
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I'm an enthusiastic learner in the garden. I need all the help i can get.
Pink831
13th Aug 2016
1
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JUST MOVED HOUSE I NOW HAVE A GARDEN WOULD LOVE TO WIN THIS BOOK

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