Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust has launched a new programme to give free gardening advice to local residents in order to help them make more space for nature.
We are in the midst of an ecological crisis. Since 1970, 41% of the UK’s species declined with 1 in 7 species at risk of extinction (State of Nature, 2019). Habitat destruction through land development and increased fragmentation is the main cause of this decline. Urgent action is needed to reverse these declines.
Back in January, the Wildlife Trust launched Team Wilder, a Trust led programme that encourages individuals and community groups to take action for nature by providing them with the resources and skills they need as well as connecting them with other like-minded people across the two counties.
As part of Team Wilder, there are Wilder Champions and Leaders, people who help encourage and empower other individuals, community groups, schools, and businesses to become wilder. This week, the Trust presented its first Wilder Garden Champions, a group of passionate gardeners with many years of experience who will volunteer their time to provide expert advice to anyone wishing to bring nature back to their homes, no matter how big their garden is, and regardless of whether they have a garden at all!