In memoriam: the Memorial Garden at The Lodge. Bedfordshire, England

Planting for wildlife

Fill your school grounds with nature friendly plants and flowers to attract a world of amazing wildlife.

This activity is about planting the right plants, flowers and shrubs to attract a variety of creatures, from butterflies and bees to seed eating birds.


Are you doing this activity as part of your Wild Challenge? Take a look at your progress and go for gold!


This activity supports the following subject: Science.


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What do I need?

  • A prior knowedge of what plants need to grow
  • Seeds or plants
  • Pots and compost or a patch of soil
  • Or you can follow our guides to making a butterfly garden, mini meadow or planting a tree which list everything you need
Planting a tree, spade, watering tree, Potton lower school, Bedfordshire, England

What do I do?

  1. Look at the space you have and the creatures you want to attract. Work with the children to decide on the best location to grow plants and flowers.
  2. Research what plants will be needed to attract wildlife. Have a look at our how-to guides below to give you some ideas.
  3. Don't forget to tell us when you have completed the activity! When you mark the activity as complete, you will be asked to upload a photo or a piece of writing talking about your experience to help earn your award.



Completing the activity

Use the 'Mark as complete' button at the top of this page to tell us you've completed your activity. You'll need to show us what you did by uploading before and after photos, photos of you creating your wildlife area, or maybe a piece of writing describing what you did and the wildlife you’ve attracted.

Get them thinking

Here is a prompt to help with learning:

  • Thinking about what plants need to thrive, where do you think your plants and flowers for wildlife should be planted?


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