Big or small, your garden can help fight climate change.
Ideas for supporting nature
Here are six ways you can support nature in your garden:
- Retain existing plans and trees.
- Minimise hard surfacing - not only does this retain soil for wildlife and root systems of trees, it helps with flood mitigation
- Leave a gap in fence for wildlife - A hole 13cm wide and tall can allow hedgehogs and other animals to move between properties.
- Maintain/create a green corridor for wildlife - rather than just a hard fence, consider softer boundary treatments such as hedges and trees.
- Create a pond.
- Leave an area of the garden wild.
Supporting nature as part of development proposals
These are just some initial ideas - advice should be taken from a qualified ecologist:
- Include bat and bird boxes, and access points for bats in roof voids
- Minimise external lighting, and make it wildlife-friendly
- Remove invasive species, such as Japanese knotweed
- Link into wider green infrastructure and local nature designations eg. green corridors, Biodiversity Opportunity Areas, Sites of Nature Conservation Importance.
- Consider impact of new vehicular and/or pedestrian access points. Does the location and width avoid or minimise the impact on retained hedges/trees?
- Replace amenity grassland with suitably managed species rich grassland or areas of wildflower planting
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