For the curious & environmentally connected
Today, I listened to a really interesting podcast by Sarah Wilson, a Horticulturist and founder of 'ROOTS & ALL'. She was joined by guest speaker Paul Sterry, a wildlife author & photographer.
I am continually on the lookout for valuable and worthy points of reference from experts like Paul for my own gardening for nature endeavours. Paul’s latest book, The Biodiversity Gardener, pulls together his wealth of knowledge with real-life examples for us all to help support and grow biodiversity. It really is a lovely piece to listen to over a cuppa when you have a few minutes.
A message from Paul that resonates with me is through the word’s ‘colonisation’ and ‘collective’. For plants, animals, insects etc. to colonise, green spaces for nature in the UK need to build in number so that they become neighbours, not sterile bubbles.
The more we consider nature when managing our plot of land, through a simple positive habit-forming act such as trimming not cutting a lawn, the more we will be helping small creatures to survive, for example, and that our offspring are likely to adopt such valuable and planet friendly value from us.
Whilst supporting local farmers and farm shop owners by purchasing their locally grown produce, I appreciate that many have taken over from their parents, but that they are managing their land for the good of rebuilding its richness through regenerative farming. And, as I visit friends, flower growers, flower farmers, estate owners & gardeners etc. their desire for supporting nature comes through in their conversations and actions.
MY GARDEN FOR NATURE
Whilst in its infancy, it already is a joy. I fell for gardening after immersing myself in a dear friend’s 'garden for nature’ last year. My garden is now foremost for nature, and secondary for me.
Over the months I have been surprised by how simple changes to a garden can make a significant difference. There is still much to be done, but it almost feels as though in a blink of an eye nature has come to my corner of the world.
Birds flit from one food source to another, bees …. More over on my website via MY GARDEN.
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