The Year of the Tiger

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Conservation

Top image photo credit: Vladimir Cech

Save Wild Tigers charity celebrate The Year of the Tiger with a gala and exhibition at Danesfield House in Marlow on Monday, 31st January

On Chinese New Year’s Eve (January 31st), Danesfield House Hotel and Save Wild Tigers will host a stunning black-tie gala to kick off The Chinese Year of the Tiger in aid of the conservation organisation.

Various Save Wild Tigers ambassadors will join the evening, including actress Jaime Winstone and All Saints singer Mel Blatt. This dazzling soiree will open the Save Wild Tigers 2022 Year of the Tiger campaign ending in Asia at the end of the year.

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The hotel will also display some stunning wild tiger photography and tiger art, all to be auctioned during the evening.

Save Wild Tigers (SWT) is a global initiative that uses creativity to raise awareness of the plight of the wild tiger and based locally in Marlow. With as few as 3,900 tigers left in the wild, the clock is ticking, if action isn’t taken wild tigers could be extinct within a decade indeed, by the next year of the tiger in 2034. Working with high profile individuals from ambassadors to royalty to popular celebrities SWT develop inspiring campaigns that make a real impact.

Save Wild Tigers is a global marketing focussed charity initiative set up by Simon Clinton in 2011. Wild Tigers are being huntedfor their skins, bones and parts by the illegal poaching trade. The illegal trade in endangered species is worth around £12 billion every year. Additionally, the tigers’ natural habitat is being decimated by greedy developers, which increases the risk of human/animal conflict points. “Our mission is to raise awareness levels, targeting the public and all related stakeholders, whilst providing urgent and ongoing financial support for tiger conservation in a bid to combat and reverse the increasing threat of extinction that wild tigers face.” Simon Clinton, Founder, Save Wild Tigers. Save Wild Tigers also work in conjunction with leading global conservation charities such as the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), WCS in Malaysia and The Satpuda landscape tiger conservation programme (in conjunction with Born Free) in India. Working together our goal is to end the illegal trade in tiger parts and protect wild tigers in their natural habitat.With as few as 3,900 tigers left in the wild, time is runningout to save this majestic species from extinction. We want to inspire the public to join us and act to save, surely one of the planets’ most beautiful and captivating species for future generations.

Brimming with history, Danesfield House was once home to the Intelligence Section of the RAF, 1941-1947. It remained in the hands of the RAF until 1977. It first opened its doors as a hotel in 1991. As you approach the tree-lined drive that winds beneath the striking clock tower, the whitewashed exterior of Danesfield House sits overlooking the River Thames, among 65 acres of landscaped gardens.

Tickets are prices at £180 each. To find out more or to reserve tickets for the exclusive event visit savewildtigers.org

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Founder of Save Wild Tigers, Simon Clinton says: “If no action is taken the world’s most iconic and loved species could be extinct within a generation. Despite being a global initiative, our Save Wild Tigers’ head office is based in Marlow. Partnering once again with such a stunning venue, so close to our base is fantastic.”

Danesfield House Hotel general manager added: “We are delighted to be playing our part as co-host this important event for a critical global cause.”

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For full details on the #InYourLifetime Gala email [email protected] or visit savewildtigers.org. Or email Gez Beatty on [email protected] or visit danesfieldhouse.co.uk/concierge/whats-on

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Plots for Pollinators

Liz Nicholls

Conservation

Alan Titchmarsh is calling on all gardeners to unite to create a refuge for struggling butterflies, moths and other pollinators this summer. Join us in your garden – and online.

The future of our butterflies, moths and other pollinating insects is under threat,” warns Mr Titchmarsh, vice-president of Butterfly Conservation.

The cold start to spring may affect how some butterflies fare this year, as they could have less time to feed and breed. But you can help by creating some ‘plots for pollinators’.
“So many flowers are great nectar sources,” adds the local star, “such as catmint, cosmos or calendula. You could attract butterflies such as my favourite, the Red Admiral,” adds Mr Titchmarsh. “[Your square metre] doesn’t have to be on the lawn – you could create a vertical garden on an unused wall or fence.”

The project encourages you to set aside one square metre to plant a nectar-rich flowerbed or a colourful container garden over the summer.

Pollinating insects fertilise many crops, as well as other plants, trees and wild flowers. Gardens can act as vital refuges for pollinators, which are increasingly under threat from habitat loss, agricultural intensification and climate change. Previously widespread species, such as the Small Tortoiseshell and Garden Tiger Moth, have seen numbers plummet in recent years.

Titchmarsh’s Top Tips

Measure one square metre of outdoor space as a plot of pollinators and fill it with open-flowered, nectar-rich plants. Choose a sunny, sheltered position and group pots on a patio, grow up a fence or wall, or pick a flowerbed patch.

Water your plot regularly – ideally from a water butt which is more eco-friendly. Water soil not the plant; larger leaves can act as an umbrella shielding roots! Remove your watering can’s rose to get nearer the plant base if necessary.

Put a layer of mulch on the surface of the soil around the plants to help prevent water evaporation and suppress weed growth.

Always choose peat-free compost and cut down on plastic. Use recyclable and recycled containers or be creative and turn tins and tubs into pots, drilling drainage holes in the bottom.

Dead-head after flowering for more blooms.

Inspire your neighbours to plant a plot to create a flowery super highway.

Avoid harmful pesticides by removing slugs and snails by hand instead. Night is the best time.

www.butterfly-conservation.org