Tips for how you can look after the environment by doing your bit in the garden, around the home and in your local community.
Here are some simple suggestions:
- Join your local community wildlife groups such as your Wildlife Trust or Conservation Volunteers.
- Take part in pond-clearance or other such work - it's fun and great exercise.
- Read our leaflet on invasive non-native plant species.
- Use peat alternatives for your garden.
Managing water and drought
- Use water sparingly - only what you need.
- Reduce your water consumption (e.g. put a hippo bag in the toilet cistern; buy a low water-use washing machine).
- Don't leave your tap running when washing your hands or cleaning your teeth.
- Buy a water butt if you have a garden.
- Report leaks to your water company.
Managing flood risk
- Look to see if your house is at risk of flooding on our floodline pages.
- Find out if we're objecting to applications for housing developments that increase flood risk in your area. This gives you chance to contact your local authority and voice your concerns.
Enjoy your pond
A garden pond, be it large or small, provides a small patch of tranquility in our gardens. In addition, it also acts as a home for many amphibious and aquatic creatures. It can also be a watering hole for passing birds and mammals.
Download our leaflet for advice on creating and maintaining your pond.
Enjoy your garden
We are a nation of gardeners. In gardens large and small, in town and country, we proudly produce plants and flowers and vegetables. Gardening gives many of us great enjoyment.
But, often unintentionally, we don't always do it in a a way that best cares for our environment. So, we have produced a booklet to help you create an environmentally friendly garden.