Gardening has really flourished over the last year, as a result of the pandemic and us all spending a lot more time at home over lockdown – and it seems that this national interest is only going to grow more popular, if the Plant Britain campaign has anything to do with it.
Launched by the BBC’s Countryfile programme, the two-year initiative is encouraging people to get out and get planting trees in a bid to help address the climate crisis, the Independent reports.
According to a new government report, just 763 hectares of new forest was planted in England between April and September this year – around 1.3 million trees. And while this sounds impressive, it’s only around 70 per cent of the area that was planted in the first half of 2019.
In order for the country to hit its climate change targets, about 5,000 hectares of new forest will have to be planted every year between now and 2025, independent climate advisers have said.
Countryfile presenter Anita Rani said: “Plant Britain is something for everyone to be involved with, to do their bit for their mental health, wellbeing and the environment … whether you have a garden, a backyard or even just a windowsill, this is for everybody. You can plant in soil, plant in a yoghurt pot, but just plant something.”
If you’re keen to start gardening but don’t know where to begin, visiting gardens is an excellent idea, as it will give you all sorts of inspiration – and with the world starting to open up again slowly following lockdown, now could be the perfect time to take the family on a tour of some of th beautiful sites to be found in the UK.
Check out our blog post featuring some of the loveliest gardens around, including Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Hidcote and Tresco Abbey Gardens. Which will you visit first?
Get in touch with LW Landscapes today if you need help with landscaping in Hoylake and elsewhere.