The idea behind Great Garden Give is simple. It involves making a donation to save an area of threatened habitat that’s the same size as your garden.
All you have to do is use the Great Garden Give calculator to work out the size of your garden (you can measure it in metres or strides). The calculator also works out how much you’d need to donate to save an area of threatened habitat that’s the same size as your own plot.
A donation of £2.50 will match the size of an average UK garden of 100 square metres – so it won’t break the bank! The minimum donation to Great Garden Give is £2.50.
You can also donate by texting from your mobile phone. For example, if you’d like to donate £5, text GRGG14 £5 to 70070. The maximum donation by text at any one time is £10.
Saving land, saving species
Backed by high-profile conservationists such as WLT Council member, Bill Oddie, Great Garden Give encourages green-fingered folk across Britain to pledge their plots so that WLT can carry on its work extending protected nature reserves across the globe.
Each ‘garden’ donation will allow WLT to secure the future of the same-sized area of tropical forest, or other threatened habitat, in Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia or Mexico through its Buy an Acre projects.
John Burton is World Land Trust’s Chief Executive. He said: “Great Garden Give is a quick, easy and affordable way for nature lovers all over Britain to show they care about the future of the wild world - not just in their own back gardens, but in areas all over the planet where vital habitats are shrinking fast and threatened species could soon be lost forever.”
WLT is using the campaign to encourage people to reflect on the parallels between gardening and conservation. For 25 years the Trust has been raising funds to create nature reserves, with some half a million acres saved to date. But once formed, these reserves need managing – just as a garden needs tending.
Speaking about his own garden, he says: “I'm the warden of my little reserve and when something flies or scurries in or blooms I get an extra buzz. Over the last couple of years I've been getting rid of the lawn and seeding a mini wildflower meadow, creating a bee and butterfly bonanza - fabulous. Making a difference in your own backyard is so rewarding.”
Because Great Garden Give will encourage relatively small donations, the campaign’s success will depend on it reaching a large number of donors. To make sure the campaign attracts widespread public interest we shall be relying on our own social networks and those of our supporters. Please do all you can to spread the word.
Visit the Great Garden Give gallery on WLT website to find out who else is supporting Great Garden Give.
Great Garden Give competition
WLT is running a competition on Facebook in association with Great Garden Give. Photograph your special garden in its best light and share the picture with us for a chance to win a prize.
It could be a cottage garden, urban courtyard or wildlife haven. It could belong to you, or to someone you know. It could even be a beautifully landscaped local park. Wherever it is, whatever it is, we’d love to see a picture and to hear what it means to you.
Each week the best picture will win £25 of National Garden Gift Vouchers. At the end of the competition one lucky winner will take home £150 in vouchers and a signed copy of a book by WLT Patron, Sir David Attenborough.