I have been thinking, today, about how well our cottage garden is developing as a habitat for wildlife. Certainly, it has been our intention to create an environment that will attract and nourish the natural ecosystems. Wildlife and nature need help, these days.
I believe that connecting with nature and the environment is fundamentally important to human well-being. When we moved into our cottage, we planted a hedgerow along the fence perimeter of our little cottage garden. The hedge plants that we chose are all native to the local area and so suit the wildlife. Nine years on and the hedgerow is full of insects, small mammals, lizards, amphibians and birds.
We need to plant more for wildlife. We need more trees in the world, too. While societies and corporations destroy the natural world, our own gardens need to be a safe haven for wildlife. The benefits are many.
Further down this page, is a video that I made on Tuesday 10th September 2018, filming a little Wren enjoying a bath at our garden patio. The Wrens live in the hedgerow, in abundance.
Please plant hedges, trees and flowers for bees. Then, enjoy watching nature, as I enjoyed watching this little Wren from our kitchen window. It is beautiful. It is uplifting. It brings joy. It provides for wildlife and goes a little way to giving back what we humans are so good at destroying.
Our hedge is formed largely of: hornbeam, hazel, wild rose, hawthorn and blackthorn.
(C) Dean Parsons. 2018.