Restoring Biodiversity

Douglas Gregor
One of our aims is to encourage a style of gardening which restores biodiversity in our gardens and so it is useful to consider how much has changed in the lifetime of our members.   It wasn't too long ago, for example, when our windscreens and headlamps would be covered with a mass of dead insects after a short drive.  You may think that having an insect free windscreen is now a good thing, but consider ...

The Sound of Summer

There was a time when summer in the countryside had a distinctive sound - the air was alive with the buzzing of insects as they pollinated wild flowers, vegetables and fruit.

Sadly that sound has disappeared from vast fields of crops where we have lost our wild flowers and so our population of insect pollinators has declined.  

Many gardens are almost silent too.   The use of insectiscides during flowering and the popularity of colourful double and multi-petalled flowers may account for that.   Many are sterile and are not producing nectar.   They do not attract our pollinators: bees, butterflies and a whole variety of other insect life.  

Restoring the buzz

To encourage bees, butterflies and other wildlife into our gardens we need to create an appropriate environment and select plants which are insect-friendly.  

That is one reason why our style of gardening has become increasingly important.

Perfect for Pollinators

The RHS helps gardeners in their selection of suitable plants; look for the sign RHS Perfect for Pollinators at garden centres.