Wildlife has become a mainstream issue for gardeners and the public since this best-selling book was first published as How to Make a Wildlife Garden, and launched at the 1985 Chelsea Flower Show. Fully revised and updated by the author, this beautiful new edition is freshly illustrated and it highlights the changes in garden wildlife over the past 30 years. It incorporates RHS research, updates best practice and addresses a multitude of controversial conservation issues. The book is packed full of practical advice – which plants to choose for bees, birds and butterflies, how to construct the ideal wildlife pond, where to position nesting boxes; how to enjoy wildlife in any size of outdoor space. Good gardening is at the heart of this book, but it is also a celebration of the rich variety of wild plants and animals that can bring a beautiful garden to life. Gardeners have come to play an increasingly important role in nature conservation. The gardens of any town or village combine to create a rich and diverse network of wildlife habitats. The lawns and hedges, flower borders, shrubberies, vegetable patches and fruit trees are all important, and the author shows how wildlife gardening can make a stylish and enjoyable contribution to the environment. New gardeners will be inspired by this authoritative book and it will also delight the very many owners of the best-selling original.
Chris Baines is a leading environmental advisor to industry and government, a broadcaster and prizewinning writer. He created the very first wildlife garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in 1985 and he has been a National Vice President of the Wildlife Trusts for more than 30 years. He was awarded the RSPB medal of honour in 2004.
Author Chris Baines has a multifaceted career as a landscape architect, advisor to industry and government, teacher, writer and broadcaster, but the common theme that runs through all his work is concern for wildlife. He is National Vice President of the Wildlife Trusts, President of the Urban Wildlife Partnership and writes for BBC Wildlife, and is nature correspondent for BBC Gardeners’ World magazine. The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening. Its charitable work includes providing expert advice and information, training the next generation of gardeners, creating hands-on opportunities for children to grow plants, and conducting research into plants, pests and environmental issues affecting gardeners.