We perhaps look at gardens rather selfishly and consider them an extension of our home. A private area ‘just for us’. Gardens are so much more than that.
In an ever increasing demand for housing, gardens are becoming an essential part of our everyday lives. They provide an area to relax in, to entertain in, to play in and to be proud of.
One thing that we perhaps don’t consider enough is ‘what about nature’?
Wildlife is as the word says, ‘life in the wild’.
So as we continue to pave over the countryside, perhaps we have a duty and responsibility to include wildlife in our gardens. Whether it’s a stately home or a window box in a high rise block, we can all help in creating a wildlife haven for insects and animals to enjoy.
Providing flowers for our bees and butterflies is a great way to start. Adding safe havens for birds, hedgehogs, frogs, insects can also really help and ultimately make the garden into a home for all.
A simple way to start would be to include plants into your garden that attract bees and butterflies. Try planting:
or adding bird boxes, piles of logs, insect hotels. If you have a large garden why not consider leaving an area to grow naturally? Leave the grass a bit longer, let the flowers grow and seed.