THOSE with green fingers and grubby hands won't mind too much, but composting worms, bug boxes and pupating mason bees are heading straight for Worcester Christmas shoppers next weekend.

They are all among a visual and lively event that is part of a regional tour to promote an instructive new book Bringing A Garden To Life.

The sort of thing disciples of the dibber or border fork would no doubt love to find Santa Claus has left them at the end of their beds - sleeping not garden - on Christmas morning.

Behind it are the team from that wonderfully-named Herefordshire business Wiggly Wigglers, the worm people.

The festive release comes hot on the heels from the hit Wiggly Wigglers podcasts and is also their official companion book. The Blakemere-based business and farm has successfully promoted a vision of gardening in a "more natural and sustainable way".

Taking into account wildlife and the environment, gardeners throughout the UK and beyond are forgetting convention and are fast discovering the confidence to garden The Wiggly Way. Helped, no doubt, by the clever company name, these converts are adapting their very own gardens with the blueprint of the Wiggly Wigglers garden oasis.

Bringing A Garden To Life tells the story of how Wiggly Wigglers renovated a tired old garden at Lower Blakemere, Herefordshire, and turned it into a fantastic haven for wildlife.

It is written by Jenny Steel and lavishly illustrated with fantastic photographs. The aim of this very practical book is to help everyone bring their own gardens to life in a natural and sustainable way.

"For years, people have been blaming farmers for damaging the natural environment through the use of pesticides, but we gardeners are as much, if not more, to blame," said Heather Gorringe, founder and managing director of Wiggly Wigglers.

"For the past 30 years, we have concentrated on creating smooth, stripy lawns, which we have sprayed with chemicals that have long been banned in the agricultural world. We've planted up our double begonias, which may look wonderful but provide no nectar for bugs and butterflies.

"Developing a natural garden' at Wiggly Wigglers headquarters has taught me that not only does it show what a fantastic contribution we can all make easily to our wider environment, but also that it looks amazing and is actually much easier to tend than a conventional garden."

Author Jenny Steel explained: "I first visited Wiggly Wigglers' wildlife garden in 2003, when it was just over a year old, and was completely bowled over. It was not a wild unkempt mess, but vibrant, colourful and absolutely brimming with life.

"This book is about that garden, its construction and wildlife, but it also shows you how to create a wildlife garden of your own, using Wiggly Wigglers' ideas and principles, which are about natural and sustainable methods that take account of the environment and encourage birds and insects."

Incidentally, Lower Blakemere Farm is part of the Duchy of Cornwall.

"Having Prince Charles as our landlord means that a routine landlord's inspection can involve a visit from the heir to the throne," said Heather.

"That actually happened to us in May 2002 and was all the incentive we needed to crack on' and complete the renovation of the old farmhouse garden we had taken on.

"Instead of a boring lawn with a few tired bushes, the aim was to create a spectacular wildlife haven that buzzed with life.

"It has never been more important for gardeners to support our native flowers and wildlife. The birds, bees, butterflies and blooms that previous generations could take for granted are being harmed by loss of habitat."

You may not have Prince Charles coming round your house, but some of the ideas here will provide magic moments in the middle of winter and make you look forward to spring all the more.

The book event and signing takes place next Saturday, December 2, at Worcester garden centre Blooms in Droitwich Road between 1-2pm. It is free. The book costs £18.