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World Environment Day 2014. Raise your voice not the sea level (from June 5th)

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Toad encouraging Biodiversity Our Flower Patch

A toad in Sara’s cold frame. The best form of natural slug control


Today is World Environment Day 2014 (WEM). It’s an opportunity for the world to stop and contemplate how we might make our environment better on one special day of the year. In Todmorden they’ve been ahead of the game for some time with their Incredible Edible revolution of planting up public spaces with food crops. Someone posted me this picture of their Edible Graveyard this morning, making use of churchyard space to grow edible crops.

 

Todmorden Incredible Edible Project is making use of public spaces to grow food crops. Edible graveyard.

Todmorden Incredible Edible Project is making use of public spaces to grow food crops. This is their Edible graveyard.

 

The theme for WEM this year is ‘Raise your voice, not the sea level’. British flower growers have been raising their voices for some time now about how environmentally beneficial growing cut flowers in Britain is – with zero air miles and less reliance on harmful chemicals as well as the creation of richly biodiverse habitats while the flowers grow.

On Sara’s Flower Patch, as you see from our pictures at the top of this post every day is Environment Day. We love providing homes and food for a whole heap of wildlife and our low-impact approach to growing with a reliance on organic methods of pest control and recycling means that we are doing our bit to stop global warming.

Ladybird eating greenfly natural pest control Our Flower Patch

Natural pest control. A ladybird moving in on aphids on a flower bud.

Growing cut flowers on a small scale in individual gardens, in school playgrounds, community spaces, nursing homes, hostels and even churchyards could create a beautiful and fragrant patchwork of biodiverse spaces across the whole country and provide local, seasonal cut flowers for sale in communities up and down the country. That’s our vision and we’re happy to shout about it. What are you going to do?

If you share our vision but are not sure how to start, get in touch.

Bees on a blue cornflower Our Flower Patch

Bees on a perennial cornflower. Increasing biodiversity with cut flower patches.

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