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GET WILD: Sustainable Three Rivers provide tips for biodiversity in gardens

 Published on: 17th January 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

In the wake of Three Rivers District Council (TRDC)’s decision to literally ‘cut back’ on mowing 50% of the area’s grasslands, campaign group Sustainable Three Rivers (S3R) have been putting out tips on how residents can do their bit to support the ‘No Mow’ movement.

Speaking on the issue, S3R said: “No matter the size of your garden, from a window box to a large landscape, you can make a difference. Your garden can become a haven for plant species attracting many forms of different wildlife.”

According to the group, a recent study by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust found that since 1970, around 76 different species in our area have gone extinct with another 20 per cent also at serious risk. Rewilding a garden can go some way to preventing that.

Speaking to Chorleywood Parish Council Conservation Ranger, Daniel Du Gard, and wildlife author and Professor of Biology at University of Sussex, Dave Goulson, S3R have now provided some things anyone can do to rewild their garden.

– Stop cutting a patch of lawn and see what happens. You may be surprised to see how many flowers grow.
– Grow flowers that have a lot of nectar and pollen to attract bees and other bugs.
– For visible results in six months, trying removing grass and topsoil, planting a mix of wildflower and grass seeds instead.
– Try to reimagine weeds as wildflowers, as a lot of them make great pollinators.

To find out more and see further tips, please visit S3R’s website at, or follow them on Instagram at ‘sustainable3rivers’ or on Facebook at ‘@sustainable3rivers’.

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