|Q Lawns' stand at the BALI Landscape show|
featuring a green roof and a wild flower meadow
I enjoyed both shows - a lot. I learned loads both from Landscape Contractors and Garden Designers who are changing their attitudes towards biodiversity and from scholars and environmental campaigners who have scientific evidence to prove the value of nature and who use buzzwords such as "Nature Improvement Areas", "Biodiversity Offsetting", "Ecological Restoration Zones" and "Net Biodiversity Gain".
|A green roof can be of huge benefit to insects and birds|
but needn't mean hard work for humans
Do we need to make plans for Mother Nature?....sadly, I think we do. At least for the time-being, while human-kind is re-learning what it is that will make the world go round in the long term. Should government pay? Well, environment and ecology are as closely linked to wellbeing as prosperity and justice are, so I guess the government should be paying to show us a better way. My biggest fear is that government funding will be withdrawn and all of the wonderful research and work that has been done so far will be undone in a trice.
Rant over. I'm going to make my sandwiches ready for a trip to Graveley in Hertfordshire tomorrow where one intrepid garden designer has persuaded her parish council to install a small area of wild flower matting near the village hall.....voluntarily and without government funding.