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Make your space work for you and nature too

No matter how big or small your space is, whether it's a blank canvas or well-established, if you’ve got loads of experience or none whatsoever – anyone can do this, and our nature needs you. It’s easy to help the nature on your doorstep.

Your space, your way

There are many functions that your outside space needs to perform for you, whether you have a garden, yard or balcony.

Your outdoor space might be a place for children to play or somewhere for the dog to run around. Perhaps it is for growing vegetables and fruit. It is also probably a place for relaxing and entertaining friends and family.

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Making your space a better place

So where does wildlife fit into all this? Does it get the little bit that’s left over, or maybe nothing at all? Helping wildlife in your garden might feel like one of those nice ideas that is sadly a stretch too far, given everything else your garden needs to be.

Well, here’s the good news. Your needs and those of wildlife can be catered for at the same time. You don’t have to choose between the two. It is possible to accommodate wildlife no matter what other uses you have for your outdoors space, and no matter your style.

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Easy ways to help wildlife

For example, your lawn may well serve as a mini football pitch and a place for a spot of sunbathing. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t leave a strip of it, where you let the grass grow long or where you plant meadow flowers. 

Likewise, your shed’s primary function may be a DIY zone and bike store, but at the same time it could have a green roof, or you could grow climbers up it or put a birdbox on it. Or all three!

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Good for nature, good for you

Incorporating wildlife into your thinking can often help you at the same time. For example, climbers up the walls of your home can insulate it from cold in winter and heat in summer, and they can also provide a nesting place for robins and sparrows.

Meanwhile, your veg bed may be where you grow food to feed your family, but you could also grow flowers among the vegetables. The flowers will help wildlife and also draw in beneficial insects such as ladybirds and hoverflies, which will in turn help rid your crops of pests.

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Better together

So, you don’t need to see your outside space as being either for you or for wildlife.  With just a bit of creativity, you can find ways that benefit you and nature too. Truly a win-win!

A few handy hints

  • Grow nature-friendly climbers on fences and walls. As well as looking good, they will also provide food and shelter for wildlife.
  • A shed can be a great place for a nest box on or to grow climbers up.
  • Think about planting wildlife-friendly flowers among your vegetables. The insects you attract may well eat the bugs that plague your veg!
  • Could you reserve a strip of your lawn for wildflowers? This can make for a very pretty summer display and help wildlife too.
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Wellies planted with flowers

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