Wild Aylesbury Vale Competition
The idea for the Wild Aylesbury Vale project has come from people involved in the Haddenham and Waddesdon Community Board’s Environmental Working Group, wanting to create places for wildlife to thrive in our local communities.
We all feel better when we can hear birds sing and bees hum so why not encourage more by transforming you own green spaces? It’s good for them, it’s good for us and it’s good for the planet.
The overall aim of the competition is to encourage wildlife into any available green space and in doing so connect us with our local green environment and support our health and wellbeing.
We have teamed up with:
- Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)
- Chiltern Rangers
- Lindengate - a social & therapeutic horticulture mental health charity
We want our community to get behind this project and turn every available green space into a haven for wildlife and we are here to help you do it.
The following Community Boards are taking part in this project:
- Wendover and Villages
- Haddenham and Waddesdon
- Wing and Ivinghoe
- Buckingham and Villages
- Winslow and Villages
If you are not sure which Community Board you come under, you can search for yours using our postcode checker.
The entry categories include:
- residents’ own gardens – no space too small, a window box is a great place to start!
- community groups – got a boring area you could transform with wildflowers and a bug hotel?
- schools - could you provide an activity for children indoors or out - who can grow the largest sunflower or create a garden on a plate?
- towns and parishes - why not involve some residents in transforming a local community space into a wildlife haven?
The Wild Aylesbury Vale Project Competition has some great prizes for overall winners in each category as well as runner up prizes.
Our competition prizes include:
- bird or bug boxes, membership to BBOWT for residents
- a trip to College Lake or a virtual tour for schools
- a BBOWT training session for a community group
- a Parish to receive £200 of vouchers to spend at Lindengate
How to apply
Register your interest
As a first step, register your interest in entering by:
- emailing [email protected] including your name, postcode and email address
- letting us know if you're a member of the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust
- specifying whether you would like to enter your own garden or outdoor space, a community group, a town or parish council or a school
Please see our wildlife garden checklist for key feature ideas you could include in your entry.
Once we receive your email, we will send you a competition entry form and pre competition survey to complete.
Your entry must be submitted by 30 June and winners will be announced on 8 July
Sign up to our free online talks, which will take place via Zoom with participants able to ask questions and advice from the experts at Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT). The talks will cover:
- Introduction to Wildlife Gardening: an overview of why gardening for wildlife is important and how you can make your garden or outdoor space more wildlife friendly.
- Hedgehogs: find out more about everyone's favourite prickly predator!
- Pollinators: pollinators are a vital part of our wildlife but they need our help. Find out more about why pollinators are important and how you can help them.
- Ponds: find out more about creating a pond for wildlife in your garden
To sign up for to the talks click on the relevant link:
- Haddenham and Waddesdon (Mondays, 7.30pm: 17 May, 31 May, 7 June, 14 June)
- Aylesbury and Wendover (Tuesdays, 7.30pm: 18 May, 1 June, 8 June, 15 June)
- Wing and Ivinghoe (Wednesdays, 7.30pm: 19 May, 2 June, 9 June, 16 June)
- Winslow and Villages (Thursdays, 7.30pm: 20 May, 3 June, 10 June, 17 June)
- Buckingham and Villages (Fridays, 7.30pm: 21 May, 4 June, 11 June, 18 June)
For those who are unable to tune in live, the talks will be recorded so can be watched later. The talks will be the same in each area. If you live in Buckingham but Fridays don't suit, you can register for one of the other areas on a different day.