The Nature of Gardens report
In 2017 B&Q worked with Bioregional to present the 'Nature of Gardens' report exploring how wildlife in the UK benefits from our gardens.
At B&Q, we’ve been helping people to support wildlife in their gardens for years, through advice and products ranging from pollinator-friendly flowers to pond liners. But until we commissioned the Nature of Gardens report in 2017 we didn’t realise quite how important our gardens could be for nature. And while we’ve always known that people loved connecting with nature in their gardens, we were delighted to find so much evidence that garden wildlife and greenery is good for children and grown-ups in so many different ways.
In 2017, B&Q commissioned the sustainability charity Bioregional to explore how wildlife in the UK benefits from our gardens – and how we all benefit from supporting nature close to home.
This led to a report which examines why gardens are good for us and how they can help us to become better stewards of our finite planet. It drew on quantitative and qualitative consumer research commissioned by B&Q, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer and examined people’s attitudes towards supporting and engaging with wildlife and the environment, seen through the lens of their gardening, with a focus on what prevented them doing more.
The Nature of Gardens report supported the development of our Top Ten Tips for bringing nature closer to home. These steps are easy and affordable and you don’t even need a garden – you can green up a balcony or a doorstep!