Invite wildlife into your garden with a delightful new pond

Ponds are one of the best ways to create habitat and invite wildlife into your garden, which we explored in previous weeks with "Wildlife ponds in your garden" and "Plants for your Wildlife pond". To show you how a pond can enhance your garden we will be following Dawn's garden as it receives a wildlife … Continue reading Invite wildlife into your garden with a delightful new pond

Plant of the Week ~ Crataegus monogyna (Common Hawthorn)

This week we take a look at the first tree in our 'plant of the week' blog - Hawthorn. Read this week's post to discover why this plant is so invaluable to humans and wildlife.

It’s national hedgehog week. How can we help this iconic delight of British wildlife?

Hedgehogs are an iconic part of this country's wildlife, but how many people have regular hedgehogs visiting their gardens? We can help this severely threatened species by making a few changes in our gardens. What can we do to help hedgehogs? 1. Get together with your community and create a hedgehog highway. Simply cut CD … Continue reading It’s national hedgehog week. How can we help this iconic delight of British wildlife?

No dig, ditch back-breaking cultivation and grow great vegetables

Origins of no dig cultivation methods are not completely clear, but the benefits of having healthy soil, bountiful crops with minimal work is clear! Managing your allotment/home vegetable garden using techniques such as double digging are time consuming, labour intensive and damage the delicate balance which exists in soil between beneficial bacteria, insects and microbial … Continue reading No dig, ditch back-breaking cultivation and grow great vegetables

Know your soil, types, structure and condition

Soil, mud, dirt is truly a fascinating subject which can be very complex, yet is often overlooked as a dry, boring and simple topic, but without the complex relationships, chemistry, types and structures of soil we would not have the myriad of flora which graces the variety of habitats on earth. Sand Silt Clay Loam * Water retention … Continue reading Know your soil, types, structure and condition

Plants for your wildlife pond

Previously we covered the basics of wildlife ponds and their importance in gardens. To expand on our pond series we will be looking at native UK water plants which can be perfect for your pond. Choosing water plants can be tricky, but makes all the difference to water levels, oxygen levels, nutrient balance, soil erosion and managing … Continue reading Plants for your wildlife pond

Wildlife ponds in your garden

Many freshwater species in the UK are in decline, struggling with pollution, habitat loss/fragmentation and changing land use. For instance, in the last 30 years over 200,000 ponds/lakes have been lost from farm land alone! Due to these changes, species such as frogs, toads and newts are all facing declining populations. Luckily you can help … Continue reading Wildlife ponds in your garden