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Hedgehogs on the edge in Devon At least half the population of native hedgehogs has been lost from the countryside over the last two decades. The State of Britain’s Hedgehogs 2018, published by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and People’s Trust for Endangered Species is the only comprehensive review of the status of Britain’s hedgehogs. This report shows hedgehogs in rural areas are in severe decline. Devon is known to have suffered a serious drop in numbers. “There are many reasons,� explains Emily Wilson, Hedgehog Officer for Hedgehog Street, “The intensification of agriculture through the loss of hedgerows and permanent grasslands, increased field sizes, and the use of pesticides which reduce the amount of prey available, are all associated with the plunge in numbers of hedgehogs in rural areas.� “It is exciting to think that the combined efforts of thousands of volunteers who have joined Hedgehog Street and pledged to make their gardens more hedgehog-friendly, may be making a difference. Hedgehog Street was launched in 2011 to inspire

the public to help hedgehogs that depend on their gardens and over 47,000 Hedgehog Champions have signed up. How to help hedgehogs - Become a ‘Hedgehog Champion’ and find simple advice on making your garden and neighbourhood more hedgehog-friendly. Pledge to make a small hole – no bigger than a CD case – in your garden fence, wall and other barriers so that hedgehogs can access different gardens in their search for food, shelter and mates.

Sell out celebration for anniversary festival

Killerton works hard to preserve treasures Killerton, the much-loved National Trust property near Exeter is celebrating completion of its roof conservation -thanks to public support. It has been a year since Killerton saw scaffolding go up for major work to the roof and building. Over ten months, the roof has been transformed. Now it is watertight and the house has an improved interior environment, Killerton is launching a fundraising appeal to protect its treasures. Items include irreplaceable musical instruments, portraits and pieces from the fashion collection. The collections include a precious Reynolds portrait, an 1807 William Gray organ, four Queen Victoria bodices and a Charles Bayer corset. At over 20,000 pieces, Killerton holds the trust’s largest historic fashion collection. Visitors can look out for opportunities to donate at the new Votes for Women exhibition which opened in February. Killerton, Broadclyst, Exeter EX5 3LE Tel: 01392 8881345

The fifth anniversary of Toby Buckland’s Garden Festival at Powderham Castle in April is celebrating with a sell-out number of exhibitors. The two-day festival on Friday, 27th and Saturday, 28th April welcomes over 65 new exhibitors to the hugely popular Devon event in Kenton just outside of Exeter. The speaker programme at the festival brings together a high-profile list of popular garden personalities including host Toby Buckland, ‘BBC Gardener’s World’ host and regular Rachel de Thame, gardening allotment expert Terry Walton from ‘BBC Radio 2’s’ Jeremy Vine show and RHS judge and festival regular Jim Buttress. Actor John Challis, better known as ‘Boycie’ from Only Fools and Horses will be interviewed on stage on both days and will be signing copies of his latest book: ‘Wigmore Abbey – The Treasure of Mortimer’. Other highlights include a new speaker venue, the Sow, Grow, Cook Tipi, the place if you’re keen to know more about growing your own fruit and vegetables and learning ways to store and use it in the kitchen. Topics will include fermenting, growing and using edible flowers, grafting fruit trees and new ways to use veg in everyday dishes. All talks are free. For more details and to buy online tickets visit


Devon Country Gardener April 2018  

The April 2018 issue of Devon Country Gardener Magazine

Devon Country Gardener April 2018  

The April 2018 issue of Devon Country Gardener Magazine