“Our garden is worked and cared for by insects and invertebrates, in the soil, under stones, climbing along branches, boring into bark, crawling through the bushes, flying from flower to flower.
Lacewings and ladybirds, honeybees and violet beetles, wasps on the wing and woodlice in the compost heap.
In every way on every day these little creatures work to keep Natures systems moving smoothly and in the process allowing us to live
Billions of individual lives all interacting endlessly as a complex ecosystem and multiple food chain which for the most part we are completely unaware.
It is this invisible and unseen side of Nature that suffers so badly from much of our species methods of chemical driven land management.
The ripple effect of this damage moves through the soil and food chains like a cancer.
The way in which the garden is cared for is crucial to the survival and further evolution of these natural processes.
Diversity of species, density of planting, growth and spread, pruning and cutting, recycling and reusing of waste material, chemical free Organic preservation.
Underfoot the soil is managed and aerated by a widespread colony of earthworms whose constant tunnelling and eating habits keep the soil active.
On rainy days these little creatures rise to the surface away from the increasing water levels only to find the birds who enjoy eating them waiting for a snack.
This is Nature at work, the most wonderful magic given us for free”
Stephen Mason – Community Gardener