A bug box set among yellow flowers

Rewild Your Garden

“I don’t like formal gardens, I like wild nature. It’s just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess.” – Walt Disney
A bug box set among yellow flowers

Rewild Your Garden

Sometimes the rewilding movement can feel beyond our reach. It’s usually associated with vast landscapes of remote wilderness and large carnivores. While this is often the case, we can apply rewilding principles to our own lives. By rewilding your garden, balcony or window boxes, you can help native plants and animals, no matter how small the area. Here, we’ve put together a list of things you can do to rewild your outdoor space.

 

1. Take A Step Back

2. Plant The Right Way

3. Decorate

4. Think Sustainably

Sometimes the rewilding movement can feel beyond our reach. It’s usually associated with vast landscapes of remote wilderness and large carnivores. While this is often the case, we can apply rewilding principles to our own lives. By rewilding your garden, balcony or window boxes, you can help native plants and animals, no matter how small the area. Here, we’ve put together a list of things you can do to rewild your outdoor space.

 

1. Take A Step Back

2. Plant The Right Way

3. Decorate

4. Think Sustainably

Take A Step Back

Relax your mindset

Let your outdoor space get a little wild. We’re often used to the idea of tidy gardens but too much manicuring can strip your garden of its ecological value.

 Lay off the chemicals

The chemicals we use in our gardens are harmful to insects and soils. They also strip our gardens of the insects that feed other animals. Consider using only organic products or ditching them altogether.

Rewild your lawn

If you have an area of grass, let it grow fairly tall before you cut it. In doing so, you can provide habitat, shelter and food for wildlife.

Woodpiles and compost

Leaving piles of wood and leaves to rot provides habitat for an abundance of invertebrates, fungi and moss and can provide a sustainable source of compost.

Rewild your garden, take a step back

Take A Step Back

Relax your mindset

Let your outdoor space get a little wild. We’re often used to the idea of tidy gardens but too much manicuring can strip your garden of its ecological value.

 Lay off the chemicals

The chemicals we use in our gardens are harmful to insects and soils. They also strip our gardens of the insects that feed other animals. Consider using only organic products or ditching them altogether.

Rewild your garden, take a step back

Rewild your lawn

If you have an area of grass, let it grow fairly tall before you cut it. In doing so, you can provide habitat, shelter and food for wildlife.

Woodpiles and compost

Leaving piles of wood and leaves to rot provides habitat for an abundance of invertebrates, fungi and moss and can provide a sustainable source of compost.

Plant The Right Way

Insect friendly plants

Garden centres will often advertise which species are good for bees, butterflies and other native insect. If you have a little window box, fill it with insect friendly plants.

Native vs non-native plants

Non-native plants that are closely related to our native species can provide a wealth of benefits to local wildlife. If you decide to plant native species, make sure they are of genuine native stock and sourced legally.

Wild flowers planted along a pathway in a garden
Wild flowers planted along a pathway in a garden

Plant The Right Way

Insect friendly plants

Garden centres will often advertise which species are good for bees, butterflies and other native insect. If you have a little window box, fill it with insect friendly plants.

Native vs non-native plants

Non-native plants that are closely related to our native species can provide a wealth of benefits to local wildlife. If you decide to plant native species, make sure they are of genuine native stock and sourced legally.

Create wildlife corridors

Areas of concrete represent a barrier to wildlife movement. By planting along paths or driveways, you can create a wildlife corridor for small mammals.

Decorate

Install feeders and nest boxes

Encourage birds into your garden with feeders and boxes to nest in. Install a bug hotel where native insects can lay their eggs. If you’re in an area with hedgehogs, why not install a hedgehog hut.

Build a pond

If you have an area large enough, consider building a water feature. A pond can provide habitat for a variety of amphibian and invertebrates. It’s also a source of water for small mammals and birds.

A bug house in a wild garden

Think Sustainably

Our actions can have an impact on the natural world beyond our garden. To create a sustainable outdoor area, recycle where possible, collect rainwater to use in place of tap water and ensure your compost is eco-friendly. If you can, consider making your own compost.

Wooden garden composter

Create wildlife corridors

Areas of concrete represent a barrier to wildlife movement. By planting along paths or driveways, you can create a wildlife corridor for small mammals.

Decorate

Install feeders and nest boxes

Encourage birds into your garden with feeders and boxes to nest in. Install a bug hotel where native insects can lay their eggs. If you’re in an area with hedgehogs, why not install a hedgehog hut.

A bug house in a wild garden

Build a pond

If you have an area large enough, consider building a water feature. A pond can provide habitat for a variety of amphibian and invertebrates. It’s also a source of water for small mammals and birds.

Think Sustainably

Install feeders and nest boxes

Our actions can have an impact on the natural world beyond our garden. To create a sustainable outdoor area, recycle where possible, collect rainwater to use in place of tap water and ensure your compost is eco-friendly. If you can, consider making your own compost.

Wooden garden composter

Sources & further reading

✅ for peer reviewed research

  1. 1. “How to rewild your garden: ditch chemicals and decorate the concrete” – The Guardian 2018 – The Guardian
  2. 2. “Bee friendly plants for every season” – Friends of the Earth – friendsofthearth.uk
  3. 3. “Transforming London’s streets for wildliferewildmystreet.org
  4. 4. “How can people rewild where they live? – Rewilding Britain – youtube.com

Sources & further reading

✅ for peer reviewed research

  1. 1. “How to rewild your garden: ditch chemicals and decorate the concrete” – The Guardian 2018 – The Guardian
  2. 2. “Bee friendly plants for every season” – Friends of the Earth – friendsofthearth.uk
  3. 3. “Transforming London’s streets for wildliferewildmystreet.org
  4. 4. “How can people rewild where they live? – Rewilding Britain – youtube.com