From birds tweeting to beautiful wildflower meadows, summer is an animated season for nature and a wonderful time for us to enjoy it. The days are long and warm and it’s a time when nature really flourishes. Plants and trees bear fruits and blossom and wildlife is at its peak of activity. Abi, our Content Coordinator, gives her top tips for welcoming more nature into your community this summer.
It’s important we make a space for nature in our neighbourhoods at this busy time. Not only can it brighten up where we live, but it also supports pollinators to grow fruit, set seed and reproduce. Time in nature also has a positive impact on us, boosting our mental health as well as improving our mood and emotional well-being.
Here are a few activities to make a space for nature in your community this summer:
Plant flowers in your street
Get creative with nature right on your doorstep! Every community is unique and you can use nature to highlight what’s special in your neighbourhood. Maybe there are benches or a bus stop where people gather or an alleyway people often walk through. Flowers can be a colourful way to jazz up a spot and bring people together.
Check out how you can recycle an old pair of shoes into plant pots for your neighbourhood here.
Build a bee hotel
Solitary bees live alone rather than in hives and can find it difficult to find a safe place to rest and nest. They play a vital role in pollinating our crops so it’s important we do what we can to support them. One way to help is by making a bee hotel in your garden or community. They’re easy to build with natural or recycled items and can be as big or small as you like. Hang it outside in a sunny place off the ground and see who comes to stay!
Bee hotels make a great group activity and are fun for all ages. Click here for instructions on how to make your own.
Plant a community garden
Is there an outdoor space that needs some love where you live? A community garden can be a great way to make nature accessible to all, particularly in an urban environment. A community garden makes a wonderful focal point and offers an outdoor place for people to connect. Pick a spot and recruit a team of like-minded volunteers - follow these instructions to get plans underway. You might pick a theme or gear the garden towards a particular project. Grow anything from flowers to vegetables and incorporate benches and picnic tables for people to sit and enjoy the space.
For a little inspiration, learn how Eugenie Aroutcheff pollinated her community and started Grow73 when she and her friend approached the council for some space in their local park to create a green space.
Seed a wildflower meadow
Wildflower meadows are a quick and easy way to transform a space and create rich wildlife habitats. When the flowers bloom, the area will burst with colour and provide a paradise for pollinators like butterflies and bees. Wildflowers actually grow best in low-quality soil, so a sunny disused spot is perfect. They are best to sow in early autumn (the seasonal rain helps germination), making summer a great time to get everything ready.
Discover our top tips for planting a wildflower meadow here.