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Biodiversity and Garden Style

It’s often assumed that if you plan your garden with biodiversity in mind, you’ll have to sacrifice on style. This absolutely doesn’t need to be the case. Mission: Invertebrate’s aim is to enrich wildlife in the Royal Parks - some of the busiest green spaces in London. We’re doing this by protecting invertebrates, the parks’ most important inhabitants, through habitat creation and restoration, research and outreach.

To celebrate National Gardening Week we’ve put together a series of resources to help you to do the same at home - whether you have a windowsill, a balcony or a garden, there are many ways in which you can improve your outdoor space, whilst supporting invertebrate life, and therefore other wildlife - birds, amphibians and mammals - whose lives depend on them.

Mission Invertebrate’s Marketing and Communications Officer Alex Rainford-Roberts has lent her expert advice on garden design to produce these fabulous resources. Alongside her work at The Royal Parks Alex runs her own landscape design business, designing gardens and public spaces across London and the South East. She has won multiple competitions for her work and has designed a garden for the Hampton Court Flower Show which won the silver medal. Alex has a particular interest in eco-design and the creation of gardens that promote biodiversity, which drew her to the work of Mission: Invertebrate.

Alex Rainford-Roberts, Marketing and Communications Officer

What can you do?

This National Gardening Week, why not think about how to design a garden that is both beautiful and invertebrate friendly. It could be as simple as potting up some pollinator-friendly plants for a splash of colour by your front door, through to creation of a wildlflower meadow in your back garden, or making a mini-pond.

Click the links below to download print-at-home resources for ideas and how-to guides for bringing pollinators and other invertebrates into your outdoor space.

Flower Architecture Mini Ponds Planting for Pollinators Pollinator Plants for Shaded Gardens Pollinator Plants for Sunny Gardens Wildflower Meadows

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