The Friends of Frendsbury Gardens need your help! Why not join them at one of their regular Wednesday ‘Dig It’ sessions.
(Reproduced from http://www.wildaboutgardensweek.org.uk)
Wild About Gardens Week 2016 is a joint initiative by the RHS, The Wildlife Trusts and Bat Conservation Trust to encourage people to support wildlife in their gardens
Last year Wild about Gardens Week focused on Hedgehogs. This year the focus is on our UK bats. This is more important than ever. In 2013, wildlife researchers found that 60 percent of UK animal and plant species have declined in the past 50 years. Among the variety of reasons for this is loss of habitat.
Many of our common garden species – bats, hedgehogs, house sparrows, and common frogs, for example – are becoming much less common. There are an estimated 15 million gardens in the UK. Together they cover a greater area than all the National nature reserves! By making our own gardens and local green spaces more wildlife-friendly, we can help support a wide range of species.
What can you do?
Wild About Gardens Week runs from 24-30 October 2016. This year they’ll be looking at steps we can take to support bats and other wildlife. But don’t wait until October! There are lots of things you can do right now to support wildlife in your garden or community green space.
They’ve created some fantastic resources to help you along the way, from building insect hotels to creating hedgehog highways. There are plenty of fun activities you can do throughout the year to help your local wildlife.
For even more wildlife gardening tips, visit the Wild About Gardens website for ideas on things that can be done in an hour, a day or a weekend. And to be kept in the loop about plans for this year’s Wild About Gardens Week, send them an email and they’ll contact you as soon as there’s more information available.
Follow #WildAboutGardens on Twitter for regular tips on how you can make a difference to the wildlife in your garden. Have a question? Contact them on Facebook or Twitter and they’ll do their best to help.
From the Capital Growth website
Are you a community or school growing group? Would you like to receive practical advice and support on how to improve your garden?
London Grows site support aims to help you improve your community or school food growing space, and incorporate wildlife-friendly growing practices and principles into your garden, through the support and mentorship of a trained London Grows buddy. By taking part, you will be matched with a buddy who will visit your garden twice, first in June/July and then again in the autumn, to assess your space and offer relevant and practical advice and resources to help you grow.
The BBC are searching for a row of suburban back gardens in or near London to take part in an exciting documentary following, recording and filming the natural history in your garden over the course of a year. If you are interested in wildlife, and want to know about what’s in your garden, we want to hear from you!
Any and all styles of garden are fine – the messier the better, just as long as they’re not completely concrete.
Plus points are:
- Having a pond somewhere in the row of gardens
- Having well established trees somewhere in the row of gardens
- Having a well-established garden – ie not a new build
- Having a compost heap amongst the gardens
- Recent sightings of foxes, hedgehogs, bats etc.
- Multiple home owners in the row interested in the project (although this isn’t essential)
- A household interested in wildlife, and happy to get their hands dirty!
If this sounds like something you’d like to be involved in we want to hear from you. Please contact the BBC giving your address, and a brief description of your own garden and the gardens in your row.
A new Community Garden is being built at the very top of Brownhill Road. It is called The Garden on the Hill and will be outside the Brownhill Road Baptist Church and Community Hall. It is the only public frontage on Brownhill Road and has cars on the South Circular thundering by. Lewisham Gardens are working with the congregation and local community to redesign and plant up the huge stone beds which face on to Brownhill Road.
The first work day is on Saturday 28th November, where they will be removing everything from tired old shrubs. the soil and the old noticeboard.
Funded by the Catford South Assembly, Lewisham Gardens hopes lots of people will come and help!