Garden trends: rewilding
With urban sprawl encroaching on our flora and fauna’s natural habitats, it has never been more important to recreate those lost environments through rewilding.
The global pandemic and its great ‘human pause’ proved that wildlife could reclaim urban areas in just a short space of time. As a result, many individuals have taken up the baton and are now rewilding their gardens. So, what exactly is it, and how can you get involved?
What is rewilding?
In its essence, rewilding is about creating a sanctuary for all creatures great and small by providing a source of water, nourishment, and shelter for them to thrive and multiply in. Rewilding is the process of returning land to its natural habitat through the introduction of native plants and natural environments.
But it’s not just blue-sky thinking. There are ecological benefits to rewilding too. Not only does it increase biodiversity, it can also create a self-sustainable ecosystem in your very own back garden, as well as contribute towards the reduction of climate change.
“Rewilding is the process of returning land to its natural habitat through the introduction of native plants and natural environments.”
And there are benefits for us humans too. According to color psychology, surrounding ourselves with greenery can have a therapeutic effect on our wellbeing. In keeping with the core principles of biophilic design, rewilding can also help us to reconnect with nature. It’s about embracing the wild and sharing our spaces with our fellow creatures.
So here are our seven simple ways to rewild your gardens and get it ready for your new many-legged friends.
Garden trend idea: plant pollinators
Rewilding your garden is all about bringing all the bees to your yard and the best way to do that is by planting pollinators. From lavender to daisies, roses to honeysuckle—anything a bee or butterfly can get stuck into will help improve your garden’s natural ecosystem.
Garden trend idea: ditch the lawn
A laid-to-lawn back garden is known as a monoculture and isn’t a good way to support natural life, but there are obvious practical uses for a lawn. Consider planting wildflower embankments (more on that next) or switching altogether in favour of a more eco-friendly clover lawn.
Garden trend idea: plant wildflowers
You might have noticed in some council-run areas that roundabouts and commons are suddenly awash with poppies and cowslip. They're part of a nationwide effort to rewild some of our city spaces.
Fortunately, you can buy ready-made wildflower seed packs: just scatter and wait for them to grow. The beauty is, they're wild, so they couldn't be hardier or more low-maintenance. Scatter them along the borders of your garden to create a wildflower embankment.
Garden trend idea: grow creepers along your exterior walls or fencing
Though the best option is to plant a natural hedge, that can take several years to mature, and for those of us living in cities, it might not be an option. If, however, you've got a garden fence or wall, you can still get stuck into the rewilding game by planting creepers along it.