Join us in repurposing your outdoor spaces, growing your own produce and encouraging more wild flowers into the district this summer.
With spring having sprung and many of us now having more time to spend in our gardens and outside spaces, Mole Valley District Council is launching a “Rewilding” campaign, to encourage residents and businesses to give nature a helping hand by repurposing and rewilding sections of their outdoor areas. We are suggesting remodelling sections of gardens or outdoor areas and creating vegetable patches. By composting (rather than recycling their garden waste) residents could also make their own supply of nutrient rich compost, to help their produce grow. By leaving sections of gardens to nature, “rewilding” will occur, allowing wild flowers to grow and encouraging much needed food and shelter for wildlife species. These species in turn will improve the bio-diversity of our area and help to make it even more beautiful and fertile.
Councillor Claire Malcomson, Cabinet Member for Environment said, “The links between nature and mental well-being are well documented. By taking part in our “Rewilding” campaign residents will benefit on many levels, be it harvesting the fruits of their labour from their new vegetable patch, utilising their home composting to nourish flowers in window beds, or watching on as a new type of wildlife is encouraged into their outside space as a result of rewilding. On a district level, the results could be immense with an increase in beautiful flora and fauna in our area.”
Mole Valley will be showcasing the stunning results of your repurposing on its social media Instagram feed. So when plants spring to life, your first produce is harvested, your garden starts to rewild, or you see new birds and wildlife in your outside space, please share these images with Mole Valley via Instagram using #molevalleyrewilds
Look out for more information and insight into the work Mole Valley District Council does to promote species biodiversity and improve the environment.
Rewilding is to restore an area of land to its natural uncultivated state, with the purpose of achieving wilder, more biodiverse habitats.
Wildflowers provide insects with food in the form of leaves, nectar and pollen and also shelter and places for species to breed. In return, insects pollinate the wildflowers, enabling them to develop seeds and spread to grow in other places. Pollinating insects, such as bees and moths, pollinate our food crops and are also important for the survival of other types of wildlife, such as the species of birds and bats which feed on insects.