Been working away in the garden over the last few days? Share your projects with…

Been working away in the garden over the last few days? Share your projects with our gardening enthusiast Craig! 🌿

Our Park Ranger would love to hear how you're keeping healthy through your green spaces at this strange time, and also suggests some tasks you could start of your own this Spring.

Read Craig's latest story below…

This week I would like to take the opportunity to discuss what we can do in our own gardens or in our own homes to help improve our wellbeing. As we all know being in the great outdoors is great for our physical and mental health. However, in these difficult times we will need to think about smaller greenspaces some of us have access to, like gardens or window boxes. There are also benefits in having indoor flowers, and small indoor herbal plants.

We must all still attempt to keep your physical health up even when staying at home. One way to do this, if you are lucky enough to have a garden, is to weed the beds, water the plants and do some general pottering. This work will burn calories in a way that is more enjoyable and beneficial than running around the living room!

Getting rid of weeds in the garden will help bedding plants and stronger polluters to come through in the garden, as you are reducing the competition in your garden's monoculture. However, the wilder the garden the better, as all gardens play a huge role in being a mass carbon sink as well as being a vital link for the green corridors across the whole of the UK. Gardens act as mini pit stops for all walks of life so it is best to enhance this as much as possible, having a mixture of growth in your garden, from wildflowers to pollinating bedding plants, grasses to log piles. These all are vital in helping wildlife.

If you do not have a garden, then herbal gardens in window boxes are also a great idea, these will allow not only for free herbs, but it will encourage wildlife to your windows. Many bees love Rosemary, Lavender and Chive. Similarly, a handful of wildflowers in a window box will encourage various butterflies to you. These small projects will not give you the same physical work out as that of gardening, but it will help with mental health. It stimulates the brain and will allow for a connection with nature which improves stress and anxiety levels.

Simply getting vital fresh air in the safety of your own home is crucial to your wellbeing. So bringing the outdoors to you is a great way to do this, allowing you to stay safe and socially distant.

While you are encouraging more wildlife into your garden or window boxes, this is your chance to play wildlife bingo, or try and quick sketches of what you see! These could be positive activities for children, to help them learn about pollination, the circle of life and our environment.

It would be great to see what you are doing in your garden. Maybe you’re working on a nature project or there’s something in your garden that has a personal meaning behind it that you’d like to share.

I’d love to hear from you please drop me a message via my email below.

Also if you’d like any advice on any projects you have in your garden or greenspace, like how to make a bird box or how to build a bug hotel please do pop me an email!

And don’t hesitate to send in any ideas of what we can all do at home, any activities or games we can all play to learn and have fun in these difficult times, and I’ll share them in my future blogs.

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