Encourage Insects into your Garden

Many of us have enjoyed pottering in our gardens over the last year, and this year we could encourage more insects into our green spaces.

Insects are a vital part of the ecosystem and there is concern at their reducing numbers. Whatever the size of our gardens we could give a boost to biodiversity:

- add plants - like lavender - that attract insects like bees. And value those dandelions!

- add water with a small pond or a large pot (ensure safety if children use the garden)

- allow a part of the garden to grow wild

- leave a pile of leaves and twigs in a corner of the garden.

- avoid using chemicals.

And enjoy the diversity of bees, butterflies and helpful bugs that will come to visit.

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