Designing for wildlife

The total land coverage of gardens in the UK is about 433,000 hectares, which is approximately one million acres. This is more land than all the United Kingdom’s national parks combined, and just under half of utilised agricultural land in the UK. But unlike national parks where the diversity of environments is spread across large areas, the private gardens of even one neighbourhood in Britain can be dramatically diverse – a mixture of hedgerows, ponds, big trees and little trees, evergreen and deciduous, neatly manicured borders and even those gardens that rest neglected and forgotten.

Alone, these gardens might seem isolated but together, they create a network of wildlife corridors that have the potential to boost biodiversity and increase the number of habitats for UK wildlife. Not only this, but due to the soil’s unrivalled ability to store carbon, I believe that private gardens represent a monumental opportunity in our ever-pressing struggle against climate change and all the dangers that come with it.

Wildlife gardens

Wildflower Meadows

Planting Plans

“If the bee disappears from the surface of the Earth, humans would have no more than four years left to live.”