The current biodiversity of flora and fauna in the garden is quite limited as a result of years of using chemicals to manage and care for the garden. Whilst this used to be commonplace, it is now increasingly seen as a harmful practice. We believe we have a responsibility to our natural environment and so have produced a biodiversity action plan. By adopting more sustainable and organic practice, in time, the garden will become a richer and more ecologically complex environment. This in turn will attract and support a wider range of beneficial native insects.
A sustainable green environment is a self-supporting and evolving ecosystem. Its biodiversity increases and adapts to the changing world around it. In short, it deals with the problems it faces in a natural way causing no damage to the wider environment.
The single most important part of this process is the care of the soil. A healthy soil supports a myriad of life and in doing so allows life to evolve and mutate in a natural way. The health of the soil makes the plants stronger and more able to fight back against pests and disease. As climate change affects our weather patterns, these problems will become more manifest. A crucial factor in creating a healthy soil is the compost.
We are producing organic compost by recycling all green waste materials, thus saving and reusing vital nutrients and minerals in a cyclical way as nature intended. By producing our own, for free, not only saves money as we don’t have to buy it any more, but we can also ensure it’s the best quality. This is perfect for all the new plants we grow in our greenhouses. Some of these plants will be planted in the garden, but we intend to generate a little bit of money by selling them to the general public too. We don’t want to just recycle our green waste, but some of the green waste produced by the street traders on Hoxton St, when the market is on, and by some residents.
As part of the biodiversity action plan, we will be introducing new habitat areas to the garden. These are based around cut wood from tree management work undertaken on site. By saving and stacking the cut logs we have created microhabitats for fungi and invertebrates. These provide both a living environment for the insects and a food source for birds.
If you would like more information on biodiversity action plan or want to get involved, please email Stephen, our Community Gardener at firstname.lastname@example.org.