Boost for butterflies as gardeners take a walk on the wild side

The Daily Telegraph reports dwindling sightings of the insects mean people are being encouraged ‘rewild’ their garden by leaving parts of it for nature. A poll of over 2,000 people by BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine found that 54 per cent of people had created an “uncultivated area” in their garden last year, up 11 per cent on the year before.

Kate Bradbury, wildlife editor at the magazine, said gardeners keen to help boost butterflies could also resist the urge to clear up dead leaves or cut back dead stems from which chrysalides might be hanging.

Organisations call for nature to become a ‘legal right’ of Levelling Up agenda

EDIEBusiness GreenLancashire Times, and Yorkshire Times report more than 60 organisations have launched a new campaign calling for a “legal right” to be able to access nature to form a key part of the Government’s ongoing Levelling Up reforms.

Organisations including Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, WWF UK and the Wildlife Trusts have today (21 February) launched a new campaign urging the government to increase access to nature for all parts of the UK. In total, more than 60 organisations have formed the “Nature for Everyone” campaign, claiming that people have a legal right to access nearby nature hotspots. 

How families can help protect the environment at home — top tips for 2022

The Daily Telegraph reports grand gestures aren’t all that can be done to help the environment. Here, we have compiled a list of easy steps you can take from the comfort of your own home to reduce your carbon footprint. These include: change your kettle, find alternative sources of energy, become a flexitarian, use refillable containers, invest in renewable energy, save water and start small. 

World’s largest trees to find their home in Britain as ‘peaceful giants’ rapidly die out in US

The Daily Telegraph reports UK’s climate means giant sequoia will thrive in areas like the Brecon Beacons, as global warming hastens its demise in America… A company called One Life One Tree has already planted over 700 sequoias in the UK. There are plans to reach 100,000 by 2030, with sites in Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and around the Brecon Beacons. They call the project “The Great Reserve”, to maintain numbers of the trees for generations to come. 

Each sequoia is planted with three native British trees to maintain biodiversity in the groves. The company charges patrons £395 to plant a sequoia, with the promise that it will help to offset their carbon emissions.