How does your garden grow

In the Sustainability team, we’ve been thinking about how you can still interact with nature whilst we’re all staying inside.

April’s campaign theme is biodiversity & we want to see your gardens! Tag us in your own photos of your garden and wildlife on social media and we’ll share them! Find us on Instagram @uolestates and on Twitter @UolEnvironment. Use the hashtag #HowDoesYourGardenGrow.

In other news, hedgehogs have been spotted on the Brayford campus, coming out of their hibernation and snuffling around their new “hogitats” – dedicated log piles built by volunteers only a few weeks ago.

If you’d like to look after your local hogs whilst you #StayHome, why not do one of the following?

  • Make a log pile – These are a brilliant way to encourage biodiversity in your garden, encouraging insects, and creating hiding places for hedgehogs and other creatures. Log piles can include leaves, twigs, branches… try creating some natural little spaces for wildlife to burrow in. You could even make a little sign for your pile!
  • Pop some food out (no milk please) – A bowl of meaty dog or cat food, or cat biscuits and a shallow bowl of water will provide nourishment for visiting hogs.
  • Create a #HedgehogHighway – Helping hedgehogs pass freely through your garden is the most important thing you can do to help them. Hedgehogs travel for around one mile each night, with barriers such as fences and walls having an impact on the land available to them. Read about how you can create a highway on the Hedgehog Street website: Link Your Garden

Find out more about the Hedgehog Friendly Campus campaign on the Estates website: Hogfriendly Project Page