Rewild Your Garden

Rewilding your green space, will help native plants & wildlife

written byMatt Davies Co-Founder, Mossy Earth

Matt Davies

The rewilding movement can often 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.

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 to rewild your garden.

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.

An image of a of a densely over grown, rewilded garden, vibrant in colour and life.
Let your outdoor space get a little wild.

Plant the right way

Insect friendly plants

Garden centres will often advertise which species are good for bees, butterflies and other native insects. 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.

Beautiful wild flowers planted along a pathway in a garden. Rewild your garden with such colours and biodiversity.
Planting along paths or driveways can create a wildlife corridors.

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 rewilding your garden with a water feature. A pond can provide habitat for a variety of amphibians and invertebrates. It’s also a source of water for small mammals and birds.

A frog in a pond with a butterfly on its head
A pond can provide habitat for a variety of amphibians and invertebrates.

Think Sustainably When You Rewild Your Garden

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, a must when you rewild your garden.
Composting is an easy first step to rewilding your garden.
A large bug hotel built from used wooden pallets and old logs.

I don’t like formal gardens, I like wild nature. It’s just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess.

Walt Disney

Sources & further reading

Peer Reviewed Research Section
  1. How to rewild your garden: ditch chemicals and decorate the concrete - The GuardianExternal link
  2. Bee friendly plants for every season - Friends of the EarthExternal linkIcon Peer Review
  3. Transforming London’s streets for wildlife - Rewild My StreetExternal linkIcon Peer Review
  4. How can people rewild where they live? - Rewilding BritainExternal linkIcon Peer Review

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