Our top tips for your garden

Bees are the principal pollinators and crucial for food production.

Our top tips for your garden

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GO NATIVE

Our wild plants are under threat ... do your bit by planting some native plants.

MAKE A HOTEL

Using sticks and tying them in a bundle with string makes a cheap and effective insect habitat.

TIN CAN ALLEY

A tin can filled with soil and fixed to a balcony or wall makes a perfect mini-planter.

GROW A MEADOW

Designate an area of your garden as a wildlife haven and grow a meadow.

STREET TREES

Protect street trees. Trees absorb pollution and are invaluable as wildlife homes and for food.

PLANT A HEDGE

Hedges are living fences providing a home and food for plants, insects, birds and mammals. A mixed species hedge is best.

CONTAIN IT

Don't have a garden! Nearly all plants (and even ponds) are suited to container growing. Great for wildlife!

KEEP TREES

Trees are good for you, the climate and wildlife.

PROTECT SOIL

It can take 1000 years to produce 2.5 cm of soil. Soil is life. So don't leave it exposed. Protect it with bark, straw or leaves.

UP FRONT

Don't be tempted to pave over your front garden. Research shows even tiny gardens house over 700 species of insect.

DON'T DIG

Well, not too often. Too much digging has a negative impact on soil health.

FOR PEATS' SAKE

Don't use peat compost. It can take up to 10,000 years to form a layer of peat. Over 80% of UK peat bogs have been damaged or destroyed.

PLANT CLIMBERS

Climbing plants like ivy provide great nesting space for birds and food for insects.

GET CREATIVE

Old welly boots or shoes filled with soil also make effective and quirky planters.

MAKE A POND

It need only be tiny to be super effective for wildlife.

"If the bee disappeared from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years to live."

Albert Einstein