Our Petersfield Gardens

We are witnessing wildlife increasingly coming into our town and using our gardens for foraging, nesting, hiding, and thriving. This is because there are fewer suitable habitats left in the wider countryside, and to our minds, this gives garden-owners and growers a special responsibility to care for our wildlife.

We are sure you will take the challenge!

There are an estimated 430,000 hectares of garden in the UK. Many who live in Petersfield have substantial gardens, and even better for wildlife, these are frequently adjacent, creating the all-important corridor-effect for a range of species such as birds, bats, butterflies and other insects.

To help you garden with wildlife in mind, PeCAN runs talks, for example 'Gardening in the Climate and Nature Crisis', and workshops on 'Your Wildlife Garden' to encourage you to make changes to how you look after your garden and to demonstrate how simple steps will have a huge benefit for local wildlife.

PeCAN hopes to declare entire streets of 'Wildlife Garden Champions', in which all neighbours are engaged in nature recovery, right here at home.

Please get in touch if you are interested.

Useful links:

The Wildlife Trusts Wildlife Gardening advice

RHS Plants For Places page

If you choose to leave any public-facing areas of your garden wild, you could consider putting up a sign explaining your approach (eg "I'm Gardening For wildlife", "Wildlife Welcome Here", "This Is An Ark"). This can spark interesting conversations with neighbours and passersby and might encourage them to follow suit.

Take me back to the Nature Recovery projects page.

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To get you started, here are some elements you could change or add:

  • Nettle and comfrey patch
  • Climbers including ivy and honeysuckle
  • Native wild flowers in borders and lawns – let them seed
  • Something in flower every month of the year
  • Berry-bearing and nut-bearing trees and shrubs
  • Pond, swale or boggy area and/or water for wildlife
  • Nestboxes, swift-boxes, bughouses and hedgehog highways
  • Sizeable chunk of your lawn mown only 1-2 times per year (collect cuttings)
  • Say no to peat and garden chemicals
  • Never, ever, burn garden ’waste’ - compost or repurpose it