‘Love to Garden’ is here to bring out your inner Greenfingers

Published: Tuesday, August 25, 2020

The council has launched a gardening campaign that seeks to encourage people to nurture and grow their front gardens. 

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‘Love to Garden’ explores the relationship between gardening, mental health and the importance gardens have on biodiversity and air pollution in our communities. 

 

Wandsworth council wants to highlight the beautiful gardens we already have in Wandsworth as well as encouraging residents to not pave over their front gardens and to grow them out where possible.

 

It is encouraging people to send in pictures of their beloved garden which will be put on our upcoming online Wandsworth Garden Wall. 

 

The importance of front gardens are critical to the biodiversity in the borough, plants absorb the carbon dioxide created by vehicle exhaust on the roads, and of course, they make the borough more visually appealing.

 

‘Love to Garden’ will also raise awareness of the benefits gardening has on our mental health. 

 

Cllr Rory O’Broin who leads on climate sustainability said: “We are lucky to have so many beautiful parks. However, our parks alone can’t absorb the amount of carbon we produce.

 

“Every garden counts towards improving our environment, not only helping to absorb pollution in the air, but gardens encourage more bio-diversity plus a slew of other benefits that will be uncovered as ‘Love to Garden’ rolls out.

 

“The campaigns we have done around gardening in the past have largely been to highlight the beautiful gardens that we already have. This time we wanted there to be a real emphasis on the impact that gardening has on both the environment and our mental health.

 

“We hope that this campaign encourages people to grow and nurture their gardens, especially the ones at the front of their property. If we all do our bit, we will be that much closer to reaching our goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.”

 

If you want to submit an image of your garden to the Wandsworth Garden wall, email it to lovetogarden@wandsworth.gov.uk.