Your Wildlife Gardening Gateway
Our Aims, Manifesto and Vision
...bringing nature closer to home
The Manifesto was updated in 2013 to reflect changes over 6 years. It has three main sections shown under
the green titles below, and each contains important objectives.
Gardens and People
- We want to help people value and enjoy
wildlife in their gardens, encouraging a deeper appreciation of the environment and biodiversity.
- We need more simple, consistent
and fact-based information, so people can make informed choices about their gardening practices to benefit themselves, the environment
- We want all children to have access to a garden rich in wildlife, at home or at school – or both.
- We want gardeners
to be able to choose plants and commercial wildlife products that will actually help wildlife and the environment
Gardens and Wildlife
will gather and interpret all evidence of the role of gardens as important components of green infrastructure, supporting biodiversity
and environmental sustainability
We will support studies on how best to manage individual gardens, neighbourhoods and public green
space for wildlife.
We will promote research and testing for plants and products aimed at attracting or managing garden wildlife.
We want to get more people involved in monitoring garden wildlife to increase understanding and our ability to manage the effects
of climate change.
Gardens and the Human Environment: planning and development
- We need to make decision makers properly aware
of the importance of gardens and green infrastructure to the environment, wildlife, human wellbeing and social cohesion.
- We need to
ensure that towns and cities contain enough private gardens and public green space to make them liveable.
- We want property owners,
developers, planners and government to do all they can to protect existing gardens and manage green space more effectively for wildlife
We need more wildlife-friendly features in new developments.
The Wildlife Gardening Forum works to make everyone more aware of - and excited by - the importance of our gardens for wildlife, people
and society. In the formal language of our charitable deed, the Forums Aims are simply:
- To promote the conservation, protection and
improvement of the physical and natural environment of gardens and their biological diversity.
- To advance the education of the public
in the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment and biodiversity of gardens and the consequent
human health benefits.
We created our Manifesto "Let Our Gardens Live!" to expand on the basic Aims, and explain to potential supporters
and decision makers what we saw as the key issues and challenges. It was launched at Roots and Shoots in Lambeth on 18th July
2007 by Sir John Doughty, the Chair of English Nature who said:
“Through this manifesto, Natural England is calling to action
businesses, the public sector and the public to play their part and give gardens a future – for the benefit of our own health and
the survival of declining species, such as hedgehogs, frogs and bumblebees, that live on our doorsteps.”
Click on the images
on the left to download the Manifesto in English or Welsh