Author Laura Brook
Gardening and conservation policy are not often thoughts that go hand in hand when you are picking seeds to fill up your window box. However the powers on high are starting to recognise the massive importance our gardens and outside spaces can play in the efforts to improve biodiversity.
This was recognised in the Governmentís White Paper The Natural Choice: Securing the Value of Nature. The White Paper is a blueprint for developing the Coalitionís environment policy. Along with many other areas of conservation, the White Paper mentions gardens and gardening no less than 40 times.
Sussex Wildlife Trust is really looking to enthuse people about the importance their garden has in the wider Sussex landscape and the little steps they can take to improve their patch even further. Throughout 2012 we are running a number of courses on gardening for wildlife, where you can learn about your garden pond or find out about the butterflies and birds in your garden.
So what can you do right now? Well if this little blog makes you want to get out into your garden, I can offer you a slightly warmer option, how about taking a look at the Big Wildlife Garden website. This is an online community for people who are interested in wildlife gardening, where you can register and log information about your garden and share tips with other wildlife gardeners. The website is a joint venture between The Wildlife Trusts and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).
As part of this venture the Big Wildlife Garden has launched a competition, which seeks to find brilliant wildlife gardens throughout the UK. You can have a large space, a small space - even a window box, right through to community spaces used by groups of brownies or businesses, there is even a category for first time wildlife gardeners who want to take up challenge to create a wildlife wonder spot. The idea is that your garden will inspire others to take action to turn their gardens into wildlife havens. Sussex has some fabulous wildlife gardens so why not enter the competition to show the UK how wonderful our county is.
To register your garden and enter the big wildlife garden competition visit: www.bigwildlifegarden.org.uk