Animal Management Students Get Creative for Wildlife Trust Hedgehog Haven
Back in late April, to coincide with Hedgehog Awareness Week, our Animal Management department ran a competition, in partnership with the Kent Wildlife Trust, for our FE and HE students to produce a new design for the Trust’s ‘Best Garden for Hedgehogs’ award, sponsored by Kent Mammal Group.
The winner was Henrietta Hollister – and we’re pleased to announce her design now appears on the the coveted blue plaque (pictured) that will go into the winning garden as part of the Wild About Gardens award scheme – given out annually by Kent Wildlife Trust for the best gardens in Kent for nature and wildlife. There are a range of different categories which are considered, including best garden for bats, bees, birds, amphibians etc.
Henrietta’s design was selected by a panel of volunteers from Wild About Gardens and the Kent Mammal Group. All the students’ designs were displayed in the lobby of the College’s Animal Management Unit.
As well as receiving a prize from the Animal Management Department, Henrietta has also been invited to attend the Kent Wildlife Trust Awards in October, when the winning hedgehog garden is announced.
Will Hughes, Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Animal Management, who sits on the committee for the Kent Mammal Group, said: “I’d like to congratulate Henrietta on winning the competition with her imaginative design. The standard of entries was high and showcased some really talented artists amongst the students.
“The idea for the competition came out of our Kent Mammal Group committee meetings. Since Kent Wildlife Trust were keen to have the award plaque redesigned for this year, we thought it was a great opportunity to get our students involved in producing a design to be used for a county-wide award. It’s a fantastic initiative to raise awareness of hedgehog conservation, whilst also encouraging our students’ creativity.”
For more information on the Wild About Gardens awards, visit http://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/discover-learn/wild-about-gardens-awards