Late flowering plants are essential sources of nectar for insects including butterflies and bees who are still foraging at this time of the year. Martyn Loach suggests five plants that will make your garden wildlife friendly into the autumn.
Beginning in 2008, the Million Ponds Project is a scheme to create a large network of clean water ponds throughout the United Kingdom. Helping endangered freshwater animals and plants.
Unfortunately over the past century ponds have begun to disappear in the UK and this has led to habitat loss for many species of wildlife too. This project hopes to reverse the current situation.
It is a collaboration of partners, that includes landowners and land managers, led by Pond Conservation. Aiming to expand to Northern Ireland and Scotland by 2015.
Anyone can join in, you just build a pond yourself and register it on their website, they have even set up a pond creation toolkit which is completely free to download.
The toolkit will give you all the information you need on pond design, location and implementation. There are also habitat factsheets that will give you information on different types of environments like woodland or grassland and a species dossier showing you how to create ponds specifically for over 40 pond associated species.
You can also make a donation, the funds raised will be used to match fund practical pond creation projects.
To find out more simply visit the Pond Conservation's Million Pond Project page for more details. Or if you are too excited to wait and just want to get started on building your pond now then you can visit our pond products page for all your needs, we have plenty of pond construction and maintenance products available.
Create a Halloween party in your house or garden with ideas and suggestions from David Coton that will keep your children and neighbours thrilled and spooked on the 31st October.
Looking for some advice on how to decorate your garden for halloween? David Coton has some great ideas to help you create a horror themed garden to scare your neighbours and any trick & treaters who come to your door.
To grow the biggest, scariest pumpkin in time for Halloween isn't easy as they take some time to mature and prefer a warm climate. To have the best chance of success Martyn Loach recommends sowing seed indoors during April and then planting out in late May or June.
Used originally to frighten away evil spirits, now placed near the front door to deter trick or treaters, carved pumpkins have been part of Halloween for a very long time. Here Martyn Loach explains the process of creating the scariest pumpkin in your street.