Published: 04/08/2022While 2021 served as the year of gardening experimentation, 2022 has marked the return of bolder, more colourful planting schemes, natural wildlife gardens, miniature grow houses, boutique hotel-style features, and the concept of all-weather gardening, which are all related to this year's two major trends: wellbeing and sustainability.
The overriding trend in 2022 has been a revived focus on gardening that is kind to the environment as gardeners seek to adopt new routines that can have a good influence on the environment, such as an increase in the demand for pollinator-friendly plants and peat-free compost. When quick solutions are required, gardeners in the UK have used them, but they also try to make sure that their plots are environmentally friendly.
One of the most exciting aspects of designing a planting scheme for a new garden is experimenting with colour. According to the RHS, strong, daring hues of red, orange, and purple with crocosmia, salvia, and canna are in demand. This colour trend is also mirrored in recent releases from growers like the echinacea 'SunMagic' and 'Granvia Gold' series of everlasting flowers.
What is Rewilding?
Activities involving rewilding, also known as re-wilding, are conservation initiatives designed to preserve and restore wilderness areas and natural processes. Rewilding is a type of ecological restoration that places a strong focus on restoring a place to its "natural, uncultivated state." To do this, human activity may be needed. Various strategies can be used, including removing human-made structures like dams and bridges, tidying up wilderness areas, and preserving or restoring apex predators and keystone species.
Rewilding is frequently regarded as having the capacity to slow down global warming. Particularly, reintroducing megafauna could boost biodiversity and garner more support from the general population.
Restoring Pleistocene megafauna is one rewilding endeavour primarily aimed at reducing global climate change. Large herbivore restoration could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By consuming flammable vegetation, grazers may also lessen the likelihood of fires, which would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and aerosol levels in the atmosphere, and affect the planet's albedo. Browsing and grazing also hasten the cycling of nutrients, which may boost the productivity of nearby plants and preserve ecosystem productivity, particularly in grassy biomes. Megafauna also helps to store carbon. Up to 10% of the lost carbon storage in forests could be attributed to the extinction of megafauna that consumes fruits.
Many of the properties in Hampstead have magnificent gardens that are ideal for "rewinding" for the "green-fingered" among you. Visit Wayne and Silver Estate Agents in Hampstead to see them.
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