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Protecting our green spaces

Whilst we are locked in, giving nature some breathing space we have the amazing opportunity to reflect:
With this pandemic you can imagine we haven’t had many school visits, on our last school visit we had the pleasure, and I mean pleasure, of talking to kids to about how we can encourage nature in their local green spaces. These kids showed so much enthusiasm to want to learn how to help their environment it’s hard not to feel hopeful for the future. The students were engaged and showed excitement at the idea of making bird feeders and being more conscious from where they get there produce. Whilst primary students may not have the highest retention of knowledge nor attention span, these guys are still in the process of deciding what they like. It was fantastic to see so many had already decided the environment had a place in their hearts. Even more important, it has been found that parents are more likely to listen their children than some naive university students with barely any life experience. Ensuring that these kids showed passion to their parents about the environment might be the best way to get the public on board with taking the environment seriously when we always seem to have a new problem in the world.

Between Brexit, Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement, all of which very important issue especially the latter two, the world seems to constantly have a new problem. That is why we believe we need to keep the conversation going on climate change, and we must emphasise conversation, one going two ways.

Installing a bird feeder to invite more birds into the garden, these are especially important in the winter
The RSPB website has a lot of information on how to make different birdhouses specific for different species. With the amount of spare time I had this lockdown I made one for blue tits
Forming a wild garden is a great idea to help the insects, the long grasses and native “weeds” produce flowers which are great fro pollinators as well as providing ample shelter for insects to thrive in. It is also very easy, just allowing a section of your garden to be un-mowed whilst also allowing whatever naturally grows in that area to do so. I myself also planted some lavender as well as moving native difficult plants like blackberry to this area where they can remain undisturbed


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