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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wildlife Friendly Gardening

I've just managed to find all six parts of the RHS series, published in their magazine called The Garden, which they call Living Gardens. Published every month since April 2012. The RHS is part of a group of organisations with a common interest in wild life but covering a wide range of interests.  The leading group is Natural England and you can find out more by using the link below.

Natural England - Getting involved

The key words are :   getting involved.  In Somerset the Wildlife Trust will help you.

Wildlife Gardening Forum

Natural England is a leading member of the forum, which includes over 150 conservation organisations, agencies, horticultural organisations and media with an interest in wildlife gardening. Individual gardeners are welcome to join too.
Hummingbird Hawk-moth
Hummingbird Hawk-moth
The forum’s objectives are to:
  • Cultivate a responsible attitude to the natural environment among gardeners and the garden industry.
  • Gather evidence about the benefits to people and biodiversity of wildlife gardening.
  • Pass on information helping people make well-informed choices about their gardening activities.
  • Help link people and nature through gardens, to encourage a deeper appreciation of biodiversity and sustainability.
The Forum Manifesto: (2.1mb)pdf document sets out the main issues for wildlife gardening we are tackling. Organisations joining are asked to sign up to the manifesto.
We have produced Bringing your Garden to Life: (5.35mb)pdf document which sets out ten simple gardening practises to make your garden alive with wildlife.
Members of the forum have worked to produce The Big Wildlife Gardenexternal link, a fantastic resource for everything you need to know about wildlife gardening and join friends doing it too.
You could help in one of the forum’s working groups. These include research needs, developers and planning, human health and well being, and training and education. The Plants for Bugs Project at RHS Wisleyexternal link, is a forum research project looking at the importance of native and non-native garden plants for supporting biodiversity.
We hold conferences and produces newsletters about new findings, case studies and member’s work and events. Visit the how to join page if you would like to be a forum member as an individual or as an organisation. There is no charge to be a member.

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