Bringing nature home

“We hope that there will be fireflies and glowworms at night to guide you and butterflies in hedges and forests to greet you. We hope that your dawns will have an orchestra of birdsong and that the sound of their wings and their colouring will dazzle you. We hope that there will still be the extraordinary varieties of creatures sharing the land of the planet with you to enchant you and enrich your lives as they have done for us. We hope that you will be grateful for having been born into such a magical world…”

I have always felt a deep affinity with birds and small creatures. When I launched my Wild Neighbours initiative in 2010, I posted these words by Gerald Durrell onto my computer as a daily reminder that we share our world with so many lives, many of whom are either endangered or live precariously alongside us in our towns and cities.

Over time I have come to realise that it is almost impossible to truly value and understand the myriad threats to the natural world when so much of modern life is experienced through the built, material environment. How can we possibly connect the dots to the stars in a wider universe when we so seldom stand outside at night and feel ourselves part of something greater than the immediacy of our everyday lives; how can we know the earth, feel the breeze on our skin, hear the dawn chorus, when so much of our life is behind walls?

After many years working to open people’s eyes to the wonders of our natural world, I am now encouraging people to begin nurturing a home environment that inspires meaningful integration with nature, so that there is a constant flow between our living spaces and the world of wild nature thriving outside. With time, our gardens can become dynamic patchworks within the broader living landscape, so providing food and refuge to the many creatures great and small that live alongside us.

Through my Wild Gardening initiative, I would love to help you along this journey.

Please be in touch if you would like to chat about creating your own wild garden.