Biodiversity is the ‘diversity of all life on Earth’ including animals, plants, fungi and microorganisms. It includes the complex relationships between all of these and their habitats and surroundings. We are all interconnected and rely on biodiversity for our health, our food, and the air we breathe. We also have a responsibility to protect other living organisms from our actions. There are many species that are declining both locally and worldwide. If you’d like to do your bit to protect local biodiversity and wildlife everywhere, try some of the following:
Grow your own and composting
There are also many benefits to growing your own food and composting food waste. These include physical and mental health benefits, reduced garden and food waste improving soil health, saving money and reducing food miles. If you’d like more tips on growing your own and composting, then here are some helpful links.
- Grow your own
Our grass verges are of huge benefit to wildflowers, pollinators and other nature, when reduced mowing regimens are implemented. You can make a difference by writing to your local councillors and highlighting verges that you would like to see mown less often. GCBB are working with other local groups to highlight specific areas where the council could implement this (providing sight lines are maintained).
You can also spread the word about the benefits of grass verges and help dispel some of the myths about them looking messy and unkempt (there are some great ways to ensure the longer verges look intentional). For some great information and ways to get involved see the links below.
(Suggested plant life etc)
Important points to include when writing to local councillors