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Cultivating Change: Join the Botanical Revolution in Kingsbridge!

We started with grasses—seemingly mundane but, as Fergus explained, essential for the survival of countless species. As we examined the grasses, Fergus emphasized the importance of their diversity, a theme that would resonate throughout our journey.

When we look closely these strands may appear similar, but each one plays a unique role in supporting the local ecosystem.

In that short span, we identified seven different grass species, a mere fraction of what Kingsbridge should host. Fergus revealed that the homogenization of lawns and public spaces has led to a dramatic decline in wildlife and native species. The consequence is a muted, simplified landscape that cannot sustain the intricate web of life that once thrived.

Imagine these grassy areas as the foundation of a delicate ecosystem. When farmers sow grass for their livestock or we build new homes, schools, or public spaces, we need to seed these places with a diverse mix of grass species. It's not just about aesthetics; it's about creating habitats that support a myriad of flora and fauna.

As we continued our walk, Fergus and I shared insights into the interconnectedness of biodiversity and climate health. The variety of plant life contributes to carbon sequestration, helping combat climate change. It's a natural solution hidden beneath our feet, waiting to be acknowledged and preserved.

Transitioning from the estuary pavement to the heart of Kingsbridge, Fergus and I discussed the role of community action in preserving biodiversity. The revelation of the crucial role biodiversity plays in wildlife survival and climate health seems clear to both of us but we recognise that many people might not be so aware of the problems we face and what can be done in our local green spaces in order to bring about change. It's not enough to admire the beauty beneath our feet and wish there were more of it; we must actively participate in preserving and boosting it. That's where you come in.

Join the Botanical Revolution in Kingsbridge!

Starting in January, Kingsbridge Climate Action invites you to be part of bi-monthly botany walks. These immersive experiences will not only deepen your understanding of the local flora but also foster a sense of connection to community and the natural world. Sign up, lace up your shoes, and step into a world of discovery.

But the journey doesn't end there. We urge you to take a hands-on approach to preserving biodiversity. Whether you have a balcony, a garden lawn, or just a pot on a windowsill, you can make a difference. Here's how:

1. Plant a Variety of Seeds:

Break free from the monotony of uniform lawns and embrace diversity. Leave the herbicides well alone, leave the moss to grow and choose a mix of wildflower seeds, grasses, and native plants to create a vibrant, dynamic ecosystem on your doorstep.

2. Create Green Havens:

Transform your outdoor spaces into sanctuaries for local wildlife. Even the smallest balcony can be a haven for bees, butterflies, and birds. Let your green space become a thriving ecosystem that supports the variety of life Kingsbridge is known for.

3. Share Your Journey:

Strike up conversations and talk to your neighbours, discuss it with your friends. Document your botanical adventures on social media. Use #KingsbridgeBiodiversity to connect with like-minded individuals, share tips, and inspire others to join the movement. Together, we can create a virtual and in-person community dedicated to nurturing our town's biodiversity.

By taking these simple yet impactful steps, you become an essential part of the solution. Every seed planted, every walk attended, contributes to the preservation of Kingsbridge's natural heritage.

In the words of Fergus, "when we look at a lawn or a field, it’s never just grass, there’s the soil beneath harbouring an abundance of life and those grassy spaces need to be is a vast web different colours, structures and variety of appropriate native species that support hundreds more species.” Diversity equals resilience!

Let's cultivate change, one seed at a time. Sign up to our newsletter, email us to register your interest in joining the bi-monthly botany walks, and let your green spaces bloom with the beauty of diversity. Kingsbridge's future depends on it, and so does the future of our planet.

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