Wildlife Gardening Forum reflects on its first decade

The 17 November Wildlife Gardening Forum Conference at the Natural History Museum in London is to feature a reflection on 10 years of the forum's work.

Forum founder Steve Berry, formerly of Natural England which helped set up the organisation, will look at the origins of the forum. Current chairman Steve Head will examine the forum's acheivements in the last 10 years, while forum patron Chris Baines will talk on how far wildlife gardening and the forum has come since 2005.

The forum will discuss proposed changes to the Natural History Museum's garden

RHS council member James Alexander-Sinclair will talk about how the RHS has included wildlife into garden design at its shows. 

The RHS's Helen Bostock and Andy Salisbury will also talk about its Plants for Bugs project: "concept to outcome with messages to gardeners on planting for pollinators"..


PhD research on managing domestic gardens collectively to promote urban biodiversity will be delivered by LeeDixon (University of Manchester).

Staying positive: working with communities and local councils will be the subject of the forum's Jan Millar/Marc Carlton's talk.

Adrian Thomas will chair a discussion on the next 10 years for wildlife gardening and the forum, including results of the forum questionnaire.

TV presenter Chris Packham said: "I believe that gardens and other urban green spaces are vital in getting people close to wildlife and inspiring them to care. It was certainly there that my emerging fascination was sealed. Congratulations to the Wildlife Gardening Forum on the first 10 years - more than ever, we need to champion wildlife gardening for the good of everyone."

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