Top Ten Tips for a Pollinator Friendly Garden

  • Grow wildlife friendly plants (download our plant guides below), and always use peat-free compost.
  • Provide a bee hotel, and manage it well – an easily cleanable one with replaceable cardboard tubes is best
  • Don’t use pesticides, and buy organic plants.
  • Plant a fruit tree
  • Create your own miniature wildlife meadow (leave a patch of lawn to grow, or sow with a wildflower mix, and cut once a year in late Summer)
  • Dig a pond (make sure it isn’t too deep and has gently sloping sides to allow hedgehogs to climb out easily)
  • Reduce your mowing
  • Do nothing! (Let a corner in your garden grow wild)
  • Build a log pile
  • Build a compost heap (the insects will love it!)

These tips have been taken from Professor Dave Goulson’s new book, The Garden Jungle. Several members of Wilderhood Watch attended his talk at the Sandpit Theatre, St Albans on September 11th 2019.

These plant guides were kindly compiled for Wilderhood Watch by local garden designer and St Albans Friends of the Earth member Amanda Yorwerth.

How many species from our 2019 Pollinator Highway survey can you see in your garden?

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