Join the buzz!
This year, we are delighted to have the opportunity to include a group of ‘wildlife friendly’ gardens in the Steyning in Bloom annual Open Garden Day on Sunday 25th June. Inspired by this, we want to invite everyone in our community to join in the buzz by making short videos of the wilder aspects of their gardens, tips on green gardening that have worked for them, or just magical moments of nature watching.
Gardens have a really important role to play in the fight to reverse the decline in biodiversity which we have witnessed over the last seventy years. Private gardens in Britain cover an area 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.
Ideas include letting your lawn grow longer, with those dandelions whose bright yellow flowers provide that important early nectar for bees. Maybe you have a section of ‘wildflower meadow’ within your garden. Hedgehog holes, bug hotels and wildlife ponds – there are so many ways to welcome wildlife.
Size of garden doesn’t matter. Everyone can take part! 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.
We’ll share the videos in our own news feeds, and then edit the highlights together for our very own Wildlife Gardens Film to be shown at Greening Drinks later in the year.
You can send us your wild garden video in a number of ways;
Instagram users can upload to their feed and add the hashtag #mygardeniswild to the post.
The same applies to Facebook, Twitter and Youtube – just add the hashtag #mygardeniswild when you upload the video.
OR you can send your video to us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy posting! We hope you have fun gardening a bit wild this summer!