Did you know that our gardens cover more than 660,000 acres of green space in the UK? That is an area seven times the size of the Isle of White; it is also a huge area of opportunity to create vital wildlife habitats.
If you are lucky enough to have a garden with a lawn, May is a great month to let your garden grow, leave your lawn mower in the shed and let nature do its thing.
In just four short weeks, a lawn left alone will quickly transform into a biodiversity hotspot; long grass is one of the rarest habitats in our gardens and is incredibly beneficial for wildlife. Allowing your grass to grow gives wildflowers like daisies and clover a chance to flower, which boosts nectar production and provides a feast for local insects.
Of course, you don't have to let all of your garden grow wild, just a small patch or strip will still have lots of benefits. Our gardens provide us with so much joy and there is no other experience like sitting out and watching your garden buzz with the life of busy pollinating bees, fluttering butterflies and the many songs of garden birds.
If managed with wildlife in mind, our gardens can become mini green havens for lots of local wildlife species, including hedgehogs, birds, beetles and butterflies.