Malpas's Cheshire Wildlife Trust is set to benefit from a talk given at the nearby Ness Botanic Gardens, on Wirral, this month by expert Chris Baines.

The talk, on Saturday May 26, Chris will be entitled ‘Gardening for Wildlife’ where he will share his lifetime’s experience of the practical ways in which ordinary gardens can be made more wildlife friendly.

The award winning writer and presenter has made regular television appearances over the years including BBC Gardeners’ World and Countryfile. He has also written a number of books including ‘How to Make a Wildlife Garden’ which has inspired generations of gardeners.

He famously created the first ever wildlife garden to be allowed at Chelsea Flower Show back in 1985 – the theme is now a staple of all flower shows around the UK. During this talk Chris will discuss suitable plants for pollinators and the many ways in which nesting boxes, bird feeders, ponds and other features can turn a garden, courtyard or balcony into a safe haven for local wildlife.

Wild bee expert, George Pilkington, who is the inventor of the award-winning Nurturing Nature Bumblebee Nest Box and Solitary Bee Observation Nest Box, will also be taking part in the event.

“We are delighted to welcome these two wildlife gardening experts,” said Jo Darlington, Director of Fundraising and Communications at Cheshire Wildlife Trust. “They are both so knowledgeable and will truly inspire their audience to go home and take a look at their own gardens with wildlife in mind.”

Chris Baines will sign copies of his latest book “RHS Companion to Wildlife Gardening” at the end of the talk, which starts at 11am and tickets are £10, which also entitle people to a reduced entry of £4 to the gardens.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 01948 820728 or through booking online at