'Giving Nature a Home' is the RSPB's
largest ever campaign
The Royal Society For the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has selected leading online plant retailer, Ashridge Nurseries, to launch a new Nature Friendly Collection of native British plants. This is to help support the charity's largest campaign in its history; Giving Nature A Home.
Ashridge Nurseries has also pledged to donate 15% of its sales from the Nature Friendly Collection to the charity to support the campaign.
Launched by the RSPB in June 2013 the Giving Nature a Home campaign's aim is to inspire people across the UK to create a million homes for nature where they live.
"It is great to partner with Ashridge Nurseries for Giving Nature A Home. The project will further encourage our supporters to get out in the garden, put some new plants in the ground, and watch as nature begins to thrive right in their back yard," explains Sarah Houghton, Giving Nature a Home Campaign Manager, RSPB.
60% of native species have declined
'Giving Nature a Home' – RSPB and Ashridge Nurseries join forces
According to the recent State of Nature report, launched by renowned naturalist and TV presenter Sir David Attenborough for the RSPB, 60% of the species studied have declined over recent decades.
"More than one in ten of all the species assessed are under threat of disappearing from our shores altogether," according to Sarah Houghton. "This is a stark warning, but there are small steps we can all take to help, starting at home."
The RSPB and Ashridge Nurseries have been working together since October 2012, a partnership that was established to offer a mix of native British hedging plants to RSPB members that provide both food and habitat for birds.
Enhancing existing habitats – and creating new ones
"Ashridge Nurseries has a longstanding environmental ethos and believes strongly in enhancing existing natural wildlife habitats and creating new ones," says managing director Julian de Bosdari. "We have already delivered more than 33,000 bird and wildlife-friendly hedging plants to UK households. Planted in a line these would create a hedgerow wildlife haven some 11 kilometres long."
The Nature Friendly Collection
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"But there's always more that we can do, and we are delighted to continue our work with the RSPB to create many more new wildlife habitats."
Ashridge Nurseries supplies hedging plants, ornamental trees, fruit trees, soft fruit, roses, flower bulbs and planting accessories to gardeners throughout the UK.
"We care for the environment through our own actions and through helping others," says Julian de Bosdari.
"For example, every year we donated 2,500 - 5,000 tree saplings to primary and secondary schools in the south west. And as well as all our irrigation coming from rainwater harvesting, we do not use either neonicotinoid pesticides or peat-based compost on the nursery."
About Ashridge Nurseries
- The nursery is a family business, was founded in 1949, and is owned and run by Frances and Julian de Bosdari.
- It supplies hedging, plants ornamental trees, fruit trees, soft fruit, roses, flower bulbs and planting accessories across the UK by mail order.
- Its ethos is as an online plant nursery that develops its customers' love of gardening by understanding their needs and delivering outstanding information and service through its customer support team and its website at https://www.ashridgetrees.co.uk
- It also has a strong concern for the environment, evidenced by a number of environmentally-focused developments at the nursery The Nature Friendly Collection from Ashridge Nurseries is available from https://www.ashridgetrees.co.uk/birdfriendly-hedging