Two days to go until the start of Wild About Gardens WeekOctober 23, 2013
Wild About Gardens Week starts in two days time…. so why not set aside an hour or two in the next week to do something for the wildlife in your garden?!
After ideas? In brief…
- Build a bee hotel
- Make a log shelter
- Plant a tree
- Put in a pond
- Catch the rain
- Plant for bees and butterflies
… or click here for more ideas!
So just what wildlife are we talking about? Who really needs our help?
From frogs and toads, to birds and insects, there’s a whole range of ‘garden helpers’ out there, each with their own role to play in maintaining local biodiversity. To find out more about these creatures click here.
Go on… go wild in your garden this coming week!
Lend wildlife a helping hand this OctoberOctober 16, 2013
Wild About Gardens Week takes place in a couple of weeks time (25th – 31st October 2013). Designed to help encourage support for local biodiversity in gardens across the UK, this week, a joint initiative between the RHS and The Wildlife Trusts, highlights just how important it is to ‘think wildlife’ and take steps to make our gardens more wildlife friendly – often with surprisingly little effort, or with little change to the way it looks.
Britain’s wildlife needs our help. Over the past five decades, two thirds of the UK’s plant and animal species have declined in number, for many reasons, including loss of habitat. We see less frogs, hedgehogs and sparrows now, than at one time, and the same goes for many other common garden species that are so important to local biodiversity.
The week will be supported by lots of wildlife-gardening events across the UK, organised by community groups, schools and individuals, and so whether you get involved in one of these, or take your own individual steps to improve biodiversity in your garden, there is always something you can do to help…. even if it’s just ONE thing.
Here’s a few ideas…
– Provide flowers for food! – pollen producing flowers will be heaven to bees, butterflies and other insects. For plant ideas see our ‘Bee Friendly Plants‘
– Grow a range of tree & shrubs (& plant a new tree!) – Larger plants can support more wildlife, so why not plant a new tree to support more wildlife with food and shelter?!
– Compost! Great for wildlife, great for your soil, for your garden plants and great news for landfill! You just need organic material, (greens like weeds and grass cuttings, and browns like dry leaves and shredded newspaper) air and water to make compost.
– Feed the birds, year round – Providing food and water for birds throughout the year is a great way to keep them in your garden. Natural fruit, berries and seeds on your plants will be a big draw, with supplementary feeding in the colder months / through winter hugely important. A supply of (unfrozen) drinking water is just as important.
– Dead wood – a pile of dead wood in a shady spot is the perfect habitat for a range of more specialist wildlife, growing increasingly uncommon in our gardens. A cool retreat in the summer and a site for frost-free hibernation in the winter makes it very attractive. Whether stacked neat and tidy or in a less conventional manner, our garden wildlife don’t mind.
For more great ways to attract wildlife in your garden click here.
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October 2013 NewsletterOctober 16, 2013
Late to post here this month – apologies – but here’s October’s issue packed full of news, and info.
National Conifer WeekOctober 2, 2013
Running this week, until 6th October, the annual National Conifer Week, organised by the British Conifer Group (BCG) is back! An integral part of many if not EVERY garden, the conifer is the bread and butter of the plant world – a true staple!
However not everyone has the most positive impressions of the Conifer, it has become the unfortunate victim of an ‘old fashioned’ label, considered possibly ‘boring’ alongside more exciting, newer introductions in the plant world. Yet bold, solid, reliable shape and colour shouldn’t be under-estimated, and we want to help promote the many great qualities the Conifer holds.
Extremely versatile – blending into the backdrop or standing proud as a focal point – and with a whole host of great shapes, colours and textures to choose from, if you’ve never given the conifer the time of day, then perhaps now is the time to reconsider?! They can add something new and interesting to the garden at what can be a quiet time, and as a low maintenance, high impact addition – what more could you want?
Our top tip: offset a couple of conifers against a carpet of heathers – they complement each other superbly, and planted together will make a real statement!