How To Rewild Your Garden

By Ellie Smith

2 years ago

We can all help to rewild Britain, says conservationist Ray Mears

Rewilding is a buzzword right now, with many arguing it can help mitigate the effects of climate change. The aim of the growing movement is to give power back to the land, restoring natural processes and reinstating species that are in decline or facing extinction.

Vast swathes of the UK landscape are being transformed through rewilding initiatives, from the rugged Scottish landscapes of Alladale to Isabella Tree’s famed Knepp Castle Estate near Horsham. But it’s not all about the large-scale projects: we can make a difference in our own green spaces too. Here British TV presenter and wilderness expert Ray Mears shares some advice for how to rewild your garden.

How To Rewild Your Garden: Ray Mears’ Top Tips

Ray Mears in Trafalgar Square

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  1. We can all do our bit to help the environment, no matter what space we have. To get started, designate a small spot in your garden, balcony, or a windowsill that receives sunlight, specifically to your rewilding venture.
  2. Ensure there is some space around your wild space so your plants aren’t restricted and can be encouraged to grow.
  3. Take the time to understand what your local landscape needs and choose plants and flowers indigenous to that area. This can be done by simply walking around your local area or checking online for plants that are in season at the time of planting.
  4. Restrict your use of harmful pesticides as much as possible, as to boost plant’s growth and be kind to wildlife.
  5. Keep track of the wildlife you find visiting your green space, so you know if it is working and appealing to animals or if you need to change it slightly.
  6. Don’t just stick to your own space, support your local community’s allotment or orchard. For instance, innocent has teamed up with the Orchard Project to host events across the UK where you can rediscover nature for yourself and learn more on how you can help.
  7. Have fun! Rewilding is a fascinating process that welcomes life, growth and sustainability, so sit back and enjoy watching the wild thrive.

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