Guest Edit: Hubbub - It's Easy Being Green

Hubbub is an award-winning charity helping to make actions that are good for the environment, second nature.

They design creative campaigns that raise awareness, nudge behaviours and shape systems. Hubbub aim to empower the public to take environmental action through playful language, good design and by tapping into things people are passionate about such as food, fashion, travel and their homes and neighbourhoods.

They recently won the Charity of the Year at The Charity Time Awards’ in 2020 for their work and they also happen to be our neighbours; their offices are just around the corner in Somerset House!

The expert team have put together some helpful tips on how to enhance your green space to support wildlife, just like Covent Garden does.


Top Tips For Making Your Home Greener And Wilder

More and more of us are moving into urban areas and a whopping 60% of the world’s population is expected to live in cities by 2050. We’re seeing a similar trend here in the UK with London’s population expected to increase from 8.7 million to 11 million by 2050.

This puts a lot of pressure on green spaces in cities, which make us feel good, support wildlife and help mitigate the effects of climate change. The good news is that we can all be part of making the places we live greener and wilder, whatever space or experience we have.

Get ready to #GiveItAGrow with our top tips for making your home greener and wilder.

Start by doing some research to find the right plant for your space: plants are as individual as people so make sure you choose one that has a good chance at surviving. If growing indoors, “cut and grow” lettuce, microleaves or fast-growing herbs like thyme or parsley is a great place to start. These can be grown indoors, year-round.

If you have a garden, windowsill or balcony, go for nectar-rich plants filled with yummy food for pollinators, friendly insects that help plants reproduce by moving pollen from one plant to another. You’ll be rewarded with beautiful blooms which will attract birds to your garden too – win win!

If you’re not quite ready for growing your own, then filling your home with houseplants is a great alternative.

So, your plant is rooted and seems to be doing alright (nice job!), the trick now is to keep it alive. The secret is to listen to your plant (that’s right): plants communicate through their leaves so keep a close eye and your plant will tell you whether it’s getting too little light, too much water, or if it needs more fresh air.

Plant pots and containers can be pricey and are often made from plastic. Why not make your own from things you have at home to reduce waste and save money? You can turn pretty much any can, tin, pot, container or carton into a perfect home for your plants. Simply, wash and drain well, add drainage holes, and decorate with paint, ribbons, buttons and more.

More and more of us are choosing to pave over our gardens or replace natural grass with plastic grass (known as astroturf), which a major cause of microplastic pollution. Natural grass not only looks, smells and feels lovely, it’s also great for soaking up heat and water, helping reduce flash flooding and cool our city, so keeping the green stuff around is key for a happy, healthy city.

Taking peat from its natural environment destroys habitats and releases carbon into the atmosphere so make sure you choose peat-free soil.

Food and shelter can be hard to come by, especially in autumn and winter. Give birds and friendly insects a helping hand by building a bird box or bug hotel from things you have at home.


Attracting wildlife with Kate Bradbury

Bees, butterflies and moths and other pollinators are vital for entire ecosystems as they help plants reproduce by transferring pollen from one plant to another.

These mini heroes depend flowering plants for food (nectar) and we can give them a helping hand and brighten up our garden at the same time by:

  • Planting nectar-rich flowers. Nearly all flowering plants produce nectar, but some flowers have been bred to grow extra petals, so insects can’t reach their nectaries. Look out for bee-friendly or pollinator-friendly when choosing seeds or ask at your local garden centre for advice.
  • Growing caterpillar foodplants. Besides planting nectar-rich flowers, we can all support birds and wildlife by planting caterpillar foodplants - plants that adult females use to lay eggs on, and their caterpillars depend on to grow into an adult butterfly or moth.
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