Some more ‘traditional’ gardeners who look at parts of my garden may be horrified by the un-manicured state of things, and the wild and natural ‘disorder’. But for me, rewilding on a domestic scale, as well as on a larger scale, is hugely important.
We need far fewer neat lawns, of course, and far more areas left for wildlife, where nature can be in control. More of us should be leaving weedy patches and unmanaged corners, and planting to create more natural ecosystems.
I spoke about some of the many reasons why rewilding can be just as important in individual gardens as it can be on a landscape scale in a recent article on Treehugger, “ Why it’s Worth Rewilding on a Domestic Scale.”
Just looking out of my window shows me just how beneficial the wilder spaces in my garden are. Today, I saw plenty of birds as I was working – including a grey wagtail – a red listed species in the UK which I had not noticed here before. And even in the grimmest weather, there are always plenty of birds and plenty other wildlife around.
The photo above is not my own – the weather was too bad here today to get a photo of the visitor. But I was glad to see it from the comfort of indoors.
Especially after windy weather like that we’ve been having recently, the garden might not always look its best. But I know that there is plenty of cover and food available for the many creatures with whom I share my space.
If you would like some help to attract more wildlife to your garden, or a design to help you rewild where you live, please do get in touch and I would be glad to discuss exactly how I can help.