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Wildlife and biodiversity

Life has evolved in a myriad ways to produce a complex web of interactions from the insects that pollinate the flowers, to the birds that help control their numbers and the worms that recycle the nutrients - all have a part to play and are interconnected.

So creating more mutually beneficial relationships with the plants and wildlife that share our environment also contributes to our own mental health and general well-being. 

From large scale rewilding projects to individual back gardens, there is a recognition that biodiversity is crucial.

Create connections - think of your wildlife area as part of a network with undisturbed corridors and edges that connect with the wider environment. This is particularly relevant when it comes to boundaries where gaps under fences help hedgehogs move about. Better still a hedge provides shelter and security as well as allowing wildlife to move between properties. Thinking about these connections opens up a whole world of opportunities and may then encourage you to explore how your street or wider neighbourhood can be made more wildlife friendly.

As we consider our responses to climate change it is easy to become focussed on a single issue, such as a reduction in carbon emissions. However natural systems are not that simple and it is clear that there are many other issues like biodiversity loss, pollution, overconsumption and health that are all connected. An organic garden recognises these connections and therefore making space for wildlife is an important part of our gardens - one that will have related benefits for our health, education and well being.

For further information on wildlife gardening
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