Gloucestershire County Council have launched their Wild Gloucestershire campaign that aims to support local biodiversity across Gloucestershire.
Latest update from Gloucestershire Council Newsroom:
We are excited to announce the launch of our Wild Gloucestershire campaign which aims to support local biodiversity all across Gloucestershire.
Over the next two months we will be sharing all kinds of tips and ideas on how everyone can take care of their local wildlife and support biodiversity, whether they have a large garden or a sunny windowsill.
Keep up with the campaign on our social media pages (follow us on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram) and this newsletter over the next month to discover how you can contribute to a more sustainable, Wild Gloucestershire.
If you can’t wait, feel free to visit our campaign web pages for more information.
Tips to support biodiversity…
What to sow now for a summer harvest
May is the perfect time to sow some seeds outdoors for a delicious and sustainable summer harvest.
Whether you have a windowsill or a large garden, try sowing these plants to help you rely less on commercially grown crops, reduce your carbon footprint and help out your local biodiversity along the way.
What to sow in May:
Have a look on our Wild Gloucestershire campaign web pages and fill your boots with advice and tips on how to grow your own fruit and veg this year.
Don’t mow, let it go
Did you know you can help the wildlife in your garden by letting it go wild throughout spring and summer?
In England, gardens are over four and a half times larger than our National Nature Reserves, making gardens an incredibly valuable resource for biodiversity in the UK.
By letting the grass grow, wildflowers and other plants have a chance to bloom, providing much-needed food for pollinators.
We supported No Mow May and local biodiversity by letting our grass verges grow wild during May, apart from essential safety cuts. “We are only cutting our verges where it is necessary for highway safety reasons. You may still see some town, parish and district council owned verges being cut this month as these are not owned by Gloucestershire County Council” – GCC Highways Team.
Each year, those that embrace a wilder lawn have seen some exciting flowers popping up. In 2021, Plantlife received records of bee orchids, snake’s-head fritillaries and eyebrights. Let a patch of your lawn go wild and see what appears! 🌷
Get Gloucestershire Composting – a new Gloucestershire Recycles campaign
Earlier this month Gloucestershire Recycles launched their campaign ‘Get Gloucestershire Composting‘ what aims to help encourage residents to start or to continue composting their organic waste at home (whether you have a garden, a balcony or no outside space at all) and make use of this fantastic resource.
Composting at home has so many benefits, some of which include:
- Diverting garden waste and some uncooked fruit and vegetable waste from disposal
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
- Providing gardeners with a self-made circular supply of compost / soil improver
- Helps plants go stronger and improves the soil structure to retain more water
Have a browse of the campaign web pages to find out more about the different types of home composting for gardens, balconies and completely indoors!
Win a HotBin Composter
As part of the Get Gloucestershire Composting campaign Gloucestershire Recycles are offering residents of Gloucestershire the chance to win one of six HotBin composters!
All you need to do is pledge to start or to continue composting at home to be in with a chance to win.
Find out more about HotBin composters on the composting webpages and click the button below to enter the competition.
Quoted from Gloucestershire Council’s e-newsletter. Original article can be found here: It’s launch day for our ‘Wild Gloucestershire’ campaign! (govdelivery.com)
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