Many people feel overwhelmed by the current news situation – how can they ‘save the world’ or ‘change the planet’. But anyone with a garden can make a difference by making small, simple changes to the way they manage their bit of ‘planet earth’.
Three very simple steps can be taken to look after the planet by looking after your garden:
Firstly, stop poisoning the soil and wildlife with chemicals – stopping or dramatically reducing the use of herbicides and pesticides in your garden can make an enormous contribution to planetary health.
Secondly, recycle by making your own compost - this not only reduces landfill but also gives back valuable nutrients and structure to the soil.
Lastly, provide food and habitat for the natural world in your garden. This can be as simple as providing lots of varied plants in your garden - especially native trees which are fabulous homes for insect life and flowering shrubs/perennials for pollinators. For example, a simple climbing plant like ivy provides valuable habitat for birds, like house sparrows, to nest in whilst also providing flowers for pollinators, like bees, at a time when very little else is flowering. It is a fabulous garden plant for wildlife, if left to mature.