We’ve all become more eco-aware in the last few years. From the carrier bag charge extending to England to Sir David Attenborough’s thought-provoking call to arms against plastic pollution, there’s been a real shift in how we care for our environment.
So, what can we do to make a difference? And where does landscape design fit into all of this? Read on to find out how we can protect the space around us.
Before we can look at how to protect the natural landscape, we need to know what to focus on. Plants are essential to building and preserving an ecosystem that works effectively. But why is having a functioning ecosystem important? Here are two key points:
One of the main reasons why considering how we protect current habitats is that we need to look after wildlife that depends on it. Looking after wildlife, from insects right up to birds and mammals, helps us as we depend on animals being able to graze and feed. So, if their habitats are damaged or destroyed, we lose out too.
There’s a reason why we escape city life for the country when we go on holiday. There are studies that link green spaces with human wellbeing. Both physical and mental wellness can significantly improve if we spend some time in nature, so caring for the landscape around us is important.
With these in mind, we need to work out the best way to care for vegetation. To do this, solutions need to be introduced.
A buffer zone could be a good option. This is a protected green space filled with trees and shrubs that create a border or fence effect. It creates a specific space in which to add in a diverse collection of plants, making it ideal for areas that need a conservation space around new building projects.
While urban projects might not naturally lend themselves to green spaces, there are lots of ways to introduce plants and vegetation that can flourish in the future. One of these is by adding street furniture, such as commercial planters filled with shrubs and flowers, and tree guards to guard both older and newly planted trees.
Fencing is a simple, yet effective way to section off existing landscapes, especially when contractors are planning a building project. If a development is going to disrupt habitat, there needs to be a habitat protection scheme in place before anything is built or foundations laid.
Hello, I’m Laura Bennett. I love nature especially when it comes to flowers and different kinds of plants. I started a very small garden behind my house and I named it Humid Garden. So, I created this blog to provide aspiring and inspiring thoughts about gardening for gardeners and anyone who has the intention of keeping a garden.