Biodiversity in action

The Hidden Garden Local Biodiversity Action Plan (LBAP)
The aim of our LBAP is to secure the conservation, enhancement and public appreciation of biodiversity within The Hidden Gardens. Have a look at our 2016 plan here

What is Biodiversity?
‘Biodiversity’ is a term commonly used to describe the variety of life on earth from the smallest insect to the largest tree, a garden bird to humans. Biodiversity is about the whole range of life. You can find biodiversity almost everywhere, in your garden, road verges, farmland, woodlands, and the seashore.

Biodiversity is the foundation of the natural processes that sustain life on earth, such as the provision of fresh air, clean water, food, shelter as well as promoting health and well-being.

Protecting animals and plants, even the most common ones, and caring for the places where they live helps us conserve this rich variety of life for many years to come.

The Hidden Gardens Biodiversity Action Plan aims to target 5 key areas:
Habitat, Food, Water, Shelter, Environmental Awareness.

‘Discover The Hidden Gardens’ is a series of workshops to explore, investigate and learn about the importance of biodiversity to all of us, looking at ways we can help protect our natural environment for a sustainable future, and benefits we gain.

The sessions will take place through the seasons, and will build upon work carried out at The Hidden Gardens while developing and implementing its own Biodiversity Action Plan.

Soils and Compost
Get your hands dirty while investigating the importance of soils and learning how to make the best compost for your garden.
Find out about New Zealand Flatworms and how to take part in soil surveys, earthworm surveys here

Seeds and Berries
Why seeds and berries are so vital, learn how to save seeds, and make seed bombs.

Find out how to save your favourite tomato seeds here

Forage and Heal
Explore traditional plant uses, make a herbal remedy and share some foraged preserves.
Try out our foraging recipes:
Bramble Vinegar
Chickweed Fritters
Garlic Mustard Pesto
Haw Berry Sauce
Hawthorn Berry Ketchup
Hazel and Beech Nut Biscuits
Hedgerow Cordial
Rosebay Willowherb Jelly

Recyle, Reduce, Reuse
There are many ways to cut down on the amount of waste going into landfill, not least of which is consciously accumulating less packaging when shopping. However we do end up with some waste and it is possible to put it to good use in the garden; starting off seedlings, protecting early crops, making bird feeders and wildlife shelters. Click here to find out more.

Bees, Butterflies & Nectar Rich Flowers
There are many ways to attract bees and butterflies into your garden, but by ensuring you have a wide range of flowering plants from early spring until late autumn, you will not only encourage a diversity of invertebrate visitors but you will be rewarded with a beautiful garden throughout the seasons. Click here to find out more.

Homes & Shelters
Learn how to make a wide variety of wildlife homes and shelters here