Helen Bostock

Senior Wildlife Specialist

Gardeners care about the impact they have on the environment and I’m excited to help develop this awareness and advise on how we might all improve our gardens for wildlife.

I’m developing ways to better monitor biodiversity in the RHS Gardens and measure the impact of different wildlife gardening approaches such as allowing grass to grow long or leaving cutting back of borders to late winter. In the context of a global biodiversity crisis, I want to help gardeners become stewards of nature.

Gardens may seem small and inconsequential but they are invaluable pockets of green space, especially in urban areas, full to the brim with a rich diversity of plants and animals. With good plant choicee and some tweaks to management practise, our extensive network of gardens in the UK can play a crucial role in supporting biodiversity and in turn bring us great joy and health benefits.

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