We have commissioned advice from the Wildlife Trust on how to nurture nature and improve biodiversity in our town.
Lots of people have been sharing pictures of the wildflowers have thrived during lockdown, including orchids, wild garlic, ladysmock flowers and daisies en masse. All these flowers provide vital nutrients to wildlife; and allowing the grass to grow is good for soil health and good for absorbing carbon dioxide emissions.
Last year the Town and District Councils recognised we are in a climate emergency, and the current public health emergency does not change that. When we talk about going back to normal, we must remember normal was a crisis. If there is to be a benefit of this period it is to reflect on the cohesion of our society in the face of a threat, and to value the natural environment that is sustaining us physically and mentally.
This is why we encourage the local Councils to adapt their land management plans to nurture nature, and have offered to help with time and resources where we can. The advice from the Wildlife Trust shows how different approaches are required in the different green spaces if nature is to thrive. Our first actions, in liaison with the Town Council, have been to improve habitats on Little Burgage by installing a dead hedge and restoring the old hedgerow to the south-west.
If you are interested in helping us and local Councils, volunteering knowledge or skills, digging for research or digging for thistles, please get in touch.