London’s gardens absorb carbon, soak up flood water, cool the city and provide vital wildlife habitat.
(2011) London Wildlife Trust Policy Statement. In support of the release of the report London: Garden City, the London Wildlife Trust released a Policy Statement outlining actions the organization would take and stating their intent to work with elected official and government agencies to support policies in favor of maintaining London’s garden landscape for the benefit of people and wildlife.
“Gardens are probably the most varied areas of greenspace in London. They can provide rich variety of wildlife habitats such as mature trees, hedges, shrubberies, meadow areas, deadwood buildings, and ponds. Garden ponds support amphibians, dragonflies and other wildlife. Dense undergrowth provides good breeding sites for small birds and mammals, many of which have suffered significant declines in the countryside. Hedgehogs, bats, butterflies, stag beetles and other invertebrates are frequently associated with this habitat…”
“Gardens provide shade, absorb carbon, soak up flood water, retain water and help to cool the city. They also provide vital habitats for wildlife. A strong network of wildlife and climate friendly gardens stretching across the capital will provide room for species to move freely and adapt to our changing climate.”