Food and Nature

The facts 

  • 10% of UK emissions (46.5 million tonnes) are from the agriculture sector  
  • The target tree cover for UK Local Authorities is 20%  
  • In the UK, since the 1970s, wildlife has declined by 40% and a quarter of our mammals face extinction 

The plan  

  • Increase the potential for carbon absorption in our local landscape 
  • Increase biodiversity in our district  
  • Encourage the allocation of allotment sites with new developments 
  • Develop and deliver a Mendip district food strategy  

Key sources of advice & information 

  • If you are looking at planting some trees on your land, visit the Woodland Trust's website for guidance. 
  • For tips on how to reduce food waste, check out Love Food Hate Waste for some great tips and ideas. 
  • Visit the Royal Horticultural Society website for advice on wildflowers and plants to attract pollinators into your garden, such as bees. 
  • Somerset Wildlife Trust have some excellent information and guidance on how you can support pollinators and wildlife in your garden or area. 
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During autumn 2020, Mendip District Council are launching their 'Plant for Pollinators' campaign. Planning ahead and planting spring bulbs in autumn allows them to develop their root systems when the soil is still warm, which means they will flower in spring rather than summer. Spring flowers signal the rebirth of gardens and green spaces and provide a vital food source for breeding pollinators.
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You are probably familiar with what pollination is and what some of the insects are that help with this, but do you know how to attract pollinators to your garden?
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Somerset Wildlife Trust have some excellent information and guidance on how you can support pollinators and wildlife in your garden or area.