As part of a campaign to create a network of well managed gardens across the capital, London Wildlife Trust’s ‘Garden for A Living London’ is asking Londoners to do one thing to create a wildlife and climate friendly garden. This could be planting a diverse range of plants and flowers that attract butterflies, minimising water use or creating cooler spaces for people and wildlife.
As our climate changes, gardens are becoming even more vital to wildlife and people. They can provide shade, absorb carbon, soak up and retain flood water and help to cool buildings. Your garden probably already supports a variety of wildlife. You might see blue tits and sparrows, butterflies and beetles, and watch the cheeky antics of squirrels and foxes. But there is probably more that you can do.
To help you attract more wildlife to your garden and help transform the borough’s gardens into a network of nature reserves, London Wildlife Trust and Tower Hamlets Council are providing a free Wildlife Gardening Pack to residents in the borough. To collect yours simply visit one of Tower Hamlets libraries, Idea Stores, Mudchute Farm, Stepney City Farm, Spitalfields City Farm or the Soanes Centre in Cemetery Park.
You can also download the pack by clicking here (PDF 3MB). For more ideas how to help turn your garden into a nature reserve, see the Tower Habitats pages on your garden, gardening for wildlife and gardening for bugs.
Header photo by John Archer