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Gardening for Nature & Wildlife

In the UK we have millions of gardens, and an army of gardeners, together we can create a massive network of habitats for wildlife. Whether we have a patio for a few tubs, an allotment or are blessed with room for wild flower beds or native trees we can all be wildlife gardeners. And gardening is so good for you. Did you know there are microbes in soil that act as a natural antidepressant? Or that there is a growing number of charities providing social and therapeutic horticulture to aid people in recovery? I personally find gardening meditative - a little bit of me time, with fresh air and the wildlife be they birds or bugs.

Read on for tips on how you can make your garden more wildlife friendly with inspiration on what to grow, habitats you can create and more. 

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Gardening with nature for people and wildlife
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Hand Picked & Reviewed

Wildlife Gardening - The Wildlife Trusts
The Wildlife Trusts have some expert wildlife gardening advice on how to create habitat in your garden to make it a nature-friendly space.

Gardening for wildlife - RSPB
Whether you're planting for wildlife, creating a pond or need advice on chemical free pest control, the RSPB has got you covered.

Wildlife Garden - RHS
Even small changes in the garden can make it a more welcoming place for wildlife no matter what space you have...

Wild About Gardens
The Wildlife Trusts and the RHS set up Wild About Gardens to celebrate wildlife gardening and to encourage people to use their gardens to take action to help support nature.

Gardening - Buglife
Gardens are increasingly important refuges for invertebrates from the intensive land use in the wider countryside. Just imagine if we all gardened with invertebrates in mind…

The Wildflower Garden
Brought to you by the nature charity Plantlife. Here, we want to celebrate our wild flowers and help you make the most of growing them in your own garden.

Social Farms & Gardens
Social Farms & Gardens is a UK wide charity supporting communities to farm, garden and grow together.

Wales Biodiversity - Wildlife Gardening
Britain’s 15 million gardens cover an area greater than all our National Nature reserves...

Be Plant Wise
Designed to raise awareness among gardeners, pond owners and retailers of the damage caused by invasive aquatic plants.

RHS Campaign for School Gardening
Inspiration and support from the RHS for schools, providing children with gardening opportunities to enhance their skills and boost their development.

Wildlife Gardening Forum
This is the one-stop-shop for all the scientific and practical information about gardens and wildlife...

The Pollinator Garden
About insects and flowers, plants for pollinators, and wildlife-friendly gardening in the UK. Planting lists, fact sheets, reading lists...

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Wildlife - Ethical Superstore

Eco-friendly wildlife products for bees, butterflies, bugs, mammals and birds. A wide range of mostly unique products, 79 at time of writing, to attract wildlife to your garden and give them a habitat, food and water to help them. Make your garden an oasis for nature!

BBC Gardeners World Magazine

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Gardens Illustrated Magazine

Featuring planting ideas, beautiful gardens, and expert advice in every beautiful issue.

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Gardening News

RSS BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine
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RSS Gardens | The Guardian
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  • Autumn’s dark days are coming, but the garden prevails | Allan Jenkins 27th September 2020
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