Did you go a little wild in the garden last summer?
Volunteers needed for the 2023 Wildlife Gardens Open Day
Perhaps you took up the challenge of ‘No Mow May’ and left the lawnmower in the shed and let the grass grow, along with those dandelions whose bright yellow flowers provide that important early nectar for bees. Maybe you went further than that and decided to leave an area uncut for the rest of the summer, providing a home and food for the year for a myriad of important insects that pollinate plants. Or did you create a ‘wildflower meadow’ within your garden. Were you one of the lucky ones who discovered orchids popping up out of nowhere in your lawn?
Were you ambitious and created a pond for wildlife? Did you make a woodpile in a shady corner for all manner of creepy crawlies to live in.
Was the hedge allowed to grow wilder for nesting birds. Were the berries left on the bushes in the autumn and are the remains of the windfalls from the apple tree still rotting beneath it, food for blackbirds and thrushes in the Autumn and snacks for slugs and snails, fungus, and hundreds of tiny, microscopic creatures over the winter.
Gardens have a really important role to play in the fight to reverse the desperate decline in biodiversity over the last seventy years. Private gardens in Britain cover about 270,000 ha – well in excess of the total area of national parks. That is a lot of potential habitats for wildlife to thrive in.
Greening Steyning has been promoting wildlife gardening since we conducted a survey back in 2020 on people’s gardening habitats. This year, we want to raise awareness of how important it is that we all do a little bit towards making our gardens havens for a whole raft of wildlife.
We approached Steyning in Bloom to ask them if they would provide us with an opportunity to include a group of ‘wildlife friendly’ gardens in their annual Open Garden Day on Sunday 25th June (it runs from 12.00 to 17.30). And they have said YES!
So now we are looking for gardeners who are proud of their wildlife friendly gardens and brave enough to share them with others.
Size doesn’t matter. This is all about sharing ideas and encouraging others who may be thinking about ‘wilding’ their gardens or maybe opening the eyes of those who would never dream of changing their habits.
And the important thing is that you don’t have to worry about the weeds coming up in the lawn or nibbled petals on those roses!
If you’d like to find out more, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org