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How to welcome wildlife to your garden

This World Environment Day, how can we make our gardens a better environment for wildlife?

This June sees the 50th anniversary of World Environment Day. All over the world people are taking action to make positive changes to the environment and you can get involved too!

There are lots of ways to help the environment, from reducing the amount of things we buy and throw away to supporting leaders with clear climate commitments.

Another great way to make a difference is to support wildlife in our gardens. We need insects like bees and butterflies to pollinate all the food we eat, however right now some of these insects are at risk of extinction because of damage to their environments.

The good news is that it’s really easy to make your garden (or window box) perfect for these insects. 

  • Have a range of plants/flowers rather than just one type.
  • Have lots of different coloured flowers.
  • Look for labels that say “bee friendly” or “pollinator friendly”.

    Bees and butterflies are major pollinators.

  • Consider making a bug house or bee hotel if you have space – it’s great for kids!
  • You could opt for a low maintenance wildflower area which only needs cutting back once in spring and once in winter!

At Connect, we’ve started to improve the green spaces we manage by planting lots of different species and creating small wild flower meadows. 

If you are looking to plant an area of wildflower meadow yourself here are a few easy things to get you started:

  • Choose an area that gets some sunlight.
  • Prepare to plant between August and October.
  • Rake the area and remove as much grass as you can.
  • Plant the seeds about 1cm deep, or sprinkle on top and rake through the soil (seeds left on the surface will get eaten by birds).
  • Water the area thoroughly, and water regularly.
And remember, you only need to mow the area once in spring and once autumn.

If there is a community green space near you that you think would be perfect for a wildflower meadow let us know at oneplanet@connecthousing.org.uk

Looking for more info? Take a look at our frequently asked questions about climate change and the environment

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