Learn About the Animals of the Night During October Half Term at RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Monday 26 September 2016

22 – 30 October 2016 • See pygmy hedgehogs up close & make a pumpkin-seed hedgehog • Learn how to plant a feast for bats & enjoy a wildlife-themed woodland trail • Find out how to make your own garden more wildlife-friendly

Head to RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate, North Yorkshire this half term for a chance to learn all about the animals that visit your garden at night – from bats and badgers to hedgehogs and owls.

A fun-filled week of activities and workshops take place from 22 to 30 October. Families can take part in a daily garden trail to learn more about the creatures that come out at night and find out how to plant a feast fit for bats. There’s even a chance to meet some bats face-to-face on Sunday 23 and Friday 28 October with members of the North Yorkshire Bat Group.

Creature craft workshops to make your own pumpkin-seed hedgehog to take home run from Monday to Friday. On Monday, the Reptile Rangers will bring African pygmy hedgehogs to the garden and talk about where these shy nocturnal creatures live and what they like to eat. On Tuesday and Thursday, the Garden Detectives will be on hand with tall tales about what the animals of the night get up to while you’re tucked up in bed. An outdoor woodland holiday club for youngsters takes place on Wednesday. Places cost £5 for RHS members and £10 for non-members and must be booked in advance by calling 020 3176 5830.

On Sunday 30 October, trained bird ringers from the East Dales Ringing Group will ring and record the birds that call Harlow Carr their home, as well as offering advice on how to attract birds into your own garden.

There’s also a chance to learn how to make your own garden more hedgehog-friendly by visiting Harlow Carr’s ‘Hedgehog Street’ built in partnership with the People’s Trust for Endangered Species and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. The garden – designed by Yorkshire-based Tracy Foster whose gardens have won Gold at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show – features a ‘hedgehog highway’ and highlights the types of habitats and features people can include in their own gardens to help reverse the declining hedgehog population, from CD-sized holes in garden fences to leafy planting and wildflowers to offer ground cover.

Visit www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarrwhatson or call 01423 565418 for more details.

Please contact Ali Aston, Marketing & PR Executive with any press queries on 01423 724693, email aliaston@rhs.org.uk or Sasha Jackson-Brown on 01423 724651, email sashajacksonbrown@rhs.org.uk.


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RHS Photographic Competition
Visitors to RHS Garden Harlow Carr can enter the RHS Photographic Competition by sharing their favourite pictures on social media using the hashtag #RHSPhotoComp. There are nine categories in total and all are free to enter, both for RHS members and non-members. Of these, eight categories will be given a first, second or third place, plus highly commended, if judges deem necessary. The portfolio category is an RHS-judged medal category for which applicants must go through to a selection process. To enter free images please visit: rhs.org.uk/photocomp  
The competition closes on 28 February 2017.

RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB

Opening times
Harlow Carr is open every day except for Christmas Day
9.30am – 4pm November to February inclusive
9.30am – 6pm March to October inclusive
Last admission is one hour before closing time

Admission prices
RHS members enjoy free entry with a family guest (entitlements may vary according to membership type)

Non-members (excluding Gift Aid)
Adult £10.00
Family (2 plus 2) £25.50
Children 5 – 16yrs £5.00
Children under 5 years Free
Groups £9.00

About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener, healthier, happier and more beautiful place. We believe everyone in every village, town and city should benefit from growing plants to enhance lives, build stronger, healthier, happier communities and create better places to live.

We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, our flagship garden, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity. At our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes we inspire a passion for gardening and growing plants, promote the value of gardens, demonstrate how gardening is good for us and explain the vital roles that plants undertake.

The RHS is committed to bring the joy of gardening to millions more people, inspire the next generation of gardeners and invest in the future to safeguard a £10.4 billion industry employing more than 300,000 people. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters. RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and help us secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 020 3176 5820, or visit www.rhs.org.uk/join

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