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Turning your area wild

  • by JW

“Doing your bit, no matter how small a patch you have.”


Countryfile on BBC One took us to a new rewilding project in the east of England – and to something on a much smaller-scale:

Matt Baker and Margherita Taylor visit the Somerleyton Estate in Suffolk to find out about an ambitious Wild East project aimed at turning East Anglia into a giant nature reserve. And it’s not just something that’s confined to the the 5,000-acre estate, as Steve Brown discovers. He is in the village of Risby, where residents are doing their bit no matter how small a patch they have.

BBC iPlayer – Countryfile – Somerleyton

BBC Countryfile to feature Suffolk on Sunday, August 23 | East Anglian Daily Times

Risby, near Bury St Edmunds, is a “Wildlife Friendly Village’:

Risby – A Wildlife Friendly Village – Home | Facebook

Back in December last year, villagers met it the local pub and asked themselves: “Where do we want those wild areas?”:

Home | Wildlife Friendly Village

And now, in August, they are just one percent off their target of 20% of the area of the village being dedicated to these wild areas – which is the ambition for the whole of the east of England:

WildEast – A Movement of People, For Nature, Forever In East Anglia

They’ve even created a bog garden around the village hall, by sawing away at the drainpipes and letting pots and beds get wet and full of interesting wild things:

How to make a bog garden for wildlife – Discover Wildlife

How to make a bog garden – plants and tips from the Eden Project