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Gardening for Wildlife

We wanted to share with you some great ideas to encourage some of Overton's stunning and diverse wildlife right into your own garden for some home and food.

  • Use appropriate local and native plant species, ideally get plants from local organic sources or from environmentally aware friends and neighbours.

  • Aim for diversity of species and flowering times.

  • Avoid ‘double’ flowers as they offer no nectar.

  • Mow lawns less frequently– ideally stop mowing altogether and cut meandering paths instead.

  • Plant a fruit tree.

  • Put up bird/bat boxes.

  • Avoid using artificial pesticides/insecticides/fertilisers.

  • Add organic matter to the soil to encourage worms but please don’t use peat-based.

  • Have a compost heap.

  • Drill holes in wood to encourage solitary bees to nest and/or have bee hotels.

  • Have a pond (without fish).

  • Have log piles to encourage invertebrates.

  • Have a hole in your fence to help hedgehogs move between gardens.

Did you know?

Peat is vital in fighting climate & ecological breakdown, as peat bogs store vast amounts of carbon and provide wildlife habitat. Using peat based compost destroys peat bogs. We need to ban the use of peat in gardening & horticulture.

You can sign the petition here 

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