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Regardless of the size of your garden or your level of gardening experience, there are always things you can do to make a difference. While your garden is already a green space, it’s never a bad idea to make it that little bit greener. There are a variety of ways to practise more sustainability in your garden and make it a more environmentally friendly place.

Plant a tree
  • It might seem like a pretty normal thing to do and the impact might not be very obvious, but trees can effectively draw carbon down from the atmosphere.
  • They’re easy to grow and nurture and attract all sorts of wildlife to your garden.
  • There are options to suit any garden, with all sorts of shapes and sizes available.
  • Look for an open, sunny spot and fertile soil that’s not too dry, but not too wet either. If you plant a larger type of tree, make sure to give it plenty of space.
Go native
  • When looking to add plant life to your garden, choose as many native options as possible.
  • They’re easy to grow and maintain, and often offer more resistance to pests than non-native alternatives.
  • They’re ideal for attracting wildlife to your garden, including beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies.
Use a water butt
  • Whenever you need to water a plant, save turning on the tap and use natural water that you’ve collected over time.
  • It’s just as good for the plants in your garden and helps you save money on your bills, by reducing the amount of water you use from the mains supply.
  • It also helps to lower your carbon emissions too, as a significant amount of energy is used in order to provide safe water to our homes.
Use sustainable materials
  • Second hand or sustainably produced garden products and materials can make a big difference in reducing your environmental impact.
  • Keep an eye out for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) mark on any wooden products, as this is a guarantee that they have been produced in a sustainable manner.
  • Try to source stone, gravel, wood and other materials locally if possible, and try to avoid plastic if you can.
Consider the tools you use
  • Try going electric with any power tools you use. Petrol-powered tools emit 0.848kg carbon per litre of petrol used, on average.
  • Use cultural controls, such as weeding by hand, first before moving onto chemicals. Weedkillers and pesticides can be harmful, so make sure you opt for products with a low environmental impact.
Grow your own
  • Why not devote a small area of your garden to growing food? It’s cheaper than shopping at a supermarket and reduces your environmental impact.
  • There are all sorts of crops you can grow, from veggies, like carrots and spuds, to tasty fruits, like apples and berries.
  • If you don’t have the space for a growing patch, try to eat more home-grown UK, local and seasonal fruit from local sources.

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