How should we value nature? Conservationist Miles King at Knoll Gardens, Wed 23 Sept

Miles King of People Need Nature leads a wild plant walk on the South Dorset Ridgeway pressUK-based conservationist Miles King will be asking ‘How should we value nature?’ on Wednesday 23 September at Knoll Gardens. Miles has worked in nature conservation for 29 years, leading conservation work for Plantlife, The Grasslands Trust and Buglife, as well as Wildlife Trusts, English Nature and Natural England. He recently set up a new charity ‘People Need Nature’, to promote the importance of nature for its spiritual and inspirational value as well as a source of mental and physical wellbeing. Full story: Read more

Scrub bashing is good for you

Wellbeing Programme Martin Down Volunteers enjoying the fire Tim Kaye 141114People with mental health difficulties are benefiting from conservation work at Martin Down, near Salisbury, thanks to Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s Wellbeing programme, funded by Wiltshire Council Public Health. Martin Down is a nationally important nature reserve, looked after by Natural England which invited the group to help cut and burn scrub – a vital part of the on-going management of the reserve, to preserve the chalk grassland that supports a myriad of bird and butterfly species. Full story: Read more