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Mike Dilger champions Great Garden Give on BBC Wildlife podcast

11 July, 2014 - 09:30 -- World Land Trust
Mike Dilger with binoculars

“Great Garden Give is a really innovative, creative way to get people to think about their own gardens and land elsewhere around the planet,” says Mike Dilger, naturalist and presenter of The One Show.

Mike is supporting Great Garden Give, the summer fundraising campaign of World Land Trust (WLT).

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.

Mike is a firm believer that conservation starts at home: “How can we or World Land Trust tell other people about saving the Bolivian or Ecuadorian rainforest if we can’t keep our own house in order?”

Conservation gardening

Mike is a keen conservation gardener, arguing you don’t need a lot of space to create a range of different wildlife habitats. He explains: “If you’ve got a pond, it’s wetland. If you’ve got a little, tiny bit of lawn, it’s meadow. If you’ve got one or two trees, it’s woodland.”

“If you’ve got a pond, it’s wetland. If you’ve got a little, tiny bit of lawn, it’s meadow. If you’ve got one or two trees, it’s woodland.”
Mike Dilger, naturalist and presenter of The One Show

Mike describes his garden as a patchwork quilt of different habitats, which is part of an even bigger patchwork that takes in every other garden in the country. Put together, all those back gardens create “Britain’s greatest and biggest nature reserve”.

John Burton, Chief Executive of WLT, is delighted by the interest in conservation inspired by Great Garden Give.

“There are 15 million gardens in the UK covering more space than all the national nature reserves put together,” said John. “If every one of those householders was gardening for wildlife - and donating to Great Garden Give - then we really would be putting our own house in order and saving threatened habitats overseas at the same time.”

You can listen to Mike’s podcast on Discover Wildlife website »

More information

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Funds raised through Great Garden Give will go to WLT’s Buy an Acre appeal to be used to purchase and protect forest and other threatened habitat in Latin America.

You can measure your garden in metres or strides – even just an estimate will do. At just 2.5p per square metre, most people in the UK can afford to become a Great Garden Giver.

Use our online calculator to help you work out the donation you’d need to make to save an area of tropical forest that’s the same size as your garden.

Great Garden Give page with calculator »
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