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Wildlife Friendly Gardener Wins An Award
Vanessa Cook in her Stillingfleet Garden - photo Jo Hughes
An organic, family, wildlife garden at Stillingfleet, York has been named Visitor Attraction of the Year (under 50,000 visitors) at last week's Visit York Tourism Awards (26 May). The awards, of which there are 15 categories, celebrate excellence in the tourism industry and reward outstanding service, innovation and quality.

The meadow at Stillingfleet
Amidst preparations for her fifth wildlife day on Sunday 26 June, owner Vanessa Cook said she was delighted with the win. Adding that the mystery shopper was impressed with the gardens, plant nursery, café and the welcome offered to visitors.

Vanessa Cook, who has been encouraging wildlife into her Royal Horticultural Society partner garden for 40 years, says her mission is to enthuse people about what's in their gardens and how to share even the smallest of spaces with animals, birds and insects.

Her 2.5 acre, quintessentially English, family garden, attracts visitors from all over the world and Vanessa hopes the award will raise the profile of the garden locally. It opens on set days between April and September.

Vanessa with a local school group learning about wildlife at Stillingfleet
Vanessa shares her passion for wildlife and botany with four generations of her family. Her husband John, four children, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren love spending time in the gardens at the family home and many work in related jobs.

And this month Vanessa will team up with nine of Yorkshire's top wildlife experts for a day of events as part of National Inspect Week (20-26 June) to share her passion for wildlife friendly, organic gardening.

Pond-dipping, bee identification walks, moth-trapping, bird-ringing, owl pellet dissection and Scout and Guide badge activities are just some of the activities taking place on Sunday 26 June at Stillingfleet.

For more information visit: http://www.stillingfleetlodgenurseries.co.uk/

Vanessa Cook (backrow with glasses) is inspiring 4 generations of her family


Wildlife Friendly Gardener Wins An Award, 5th June 2016, 15:30 PM