The Problem: too much concrete, not enough habitat, widespread biodiversity loss
The Solution: plants, plants and more plants!
- In the space that you have, think about what you could plant. If there are some vegetables or herbs that you struggle to buy without packaging, have a go at planting them yourselves. You can make little planters out of old bottles, plastic containers or tetrapaks. Simply chop off the top and punch holes in the bottom- a great activity for children.
- Green spaces and plants are so good for our own heath too; purifying the air, removing toxins and making us smile
- Compost containing peat is especially harmful, as the process of obtaining it destroys peat bogs which are huge carbon sinks. Ensure you use a peat-free compost, local if possible, or make your own!
- With bee numbers decreasing every year and UK wildlife plummeting in abundance due to urbanisation and destructive agriculture, amongst other things, a nature friendly garden can be an essential haven for many species. Just a few bee-friendly flowers and shrubs, or an insect house can have a great impact on local nature. If you have more space in your garden, you could think about creating a wildflower meadow, planting some trees such as rowan, crab apple and willow or even making a small pond. If you have less space, you could look into projects such as planting some window baskets with brightly coloured flowers, or making an insect haven out of some old logs or pots. Visit https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/gardening-for-wildlife/ for some great resources on how you can make your garden a wildlife haven!