If you are a member of an allotment association, gardening club or are friends of a nature reserve, you may be interested in learning more about organic techniques or how to support wildlife at home. All of the talks below are between 45 minutes to an hour. If you would like to arrange a talk, or have an event you could invite us to, visit the Contact page to get in touch. These are our key areas of interest and the subjects we have most practical experience of. However, if you have a special interest or angle you would like us to include, let us know and we will try to help.
- What is wildlife gardening? An overview of how ‘wildlife gardening’ is different, why it is important and how to get started, with simple, practical advice for every garden. Best suited to beginner gardeners and wildlife watchers.
- How to plan a wildlife garden. A step-by-step guide to plan and adapt gardens to benefit wildlife, from the soil upwards. More detailed than ‘What is wildlife gardening?’ this talk is more suited to people who already have an interest in the subject.
- What does organic really mean? The world of organics can be confusing. This talk simplifies what we mean by organic in a garden context and gives practical advice that makes organic gardening easier, referencing fertilisers and pest and disease control. Best suited for gardeners new to organic methods.
- Organic products…what works and where to find them? A detailed delve into the world of organic compost, fertilisers and pest control. Based on our extensive experience, we can identify what works and what to avoid. Best suited to gardeners already interested in organic methods.
- The wonderful world of compost. A practical talk on the science behind composting and how to make it at home. We cover the difference between composting methods, why it’s good for the environment, and the difference between growing media and ‘true’ compost. Suitable for all.
- Wildflower meadows at home. A guide to whether wildflower meadows can work in normal gardens. Detailed, practical advice identifying the features gardeners should be looking for (soil type, aspect etc) before starting a meadow project and how to go about it. For gardens not suitable for a meadow, we will give alternatives that are good for wildlife. Best suited to those who already have an interest in wildlife gardening.
- Natives vs non-natives – which is best? A perennial question in gardening for wildlife. We give our take on whether we should plant more or less UK native species, how important they are for wildlife, and give a range of examples of ‘garden worthy’ native species that may be grown in a garden border. Suitable for all.
- Planting for pollinators. A beginners guide on what to plant to support pollinating insects. Suggestions of commonly available species and an overview of which plant families are most beneficial. Includes an overview of the sort of pollinating insects we might expect to find in a garden and how they can help gardeners with pollination and pests.
- How to help garden birds. Many gardeners put out food for birds but would like to know what more they can do. This talk will give detailed advice from what size bird boxes to put and where, the importance of cleaning boxes and feeders, options for leaving out water and much more. With reference to the latest scientific advice, we provide examples of best practice in supporting garden birds. Suitable for all.
- The What, Where and How of garden Mulches. Mulch is a much misunderstood subject and incorrectly applied can do more harm than good. In this talk we give the A-Z of mulches available to gardeners and which type is best suited for a range of situations. We give practical advice of how to apply mulches and include a section on its importance for ‘no dig’ gardening. Suitable for all.
- The low-maintenance organic garden. We answer the question ‘can I have a low maintenance garden without using chemicals’. With practical advice and design tips, we focus on some common mistakes and how to avoid them. Suggestions of planting schemes will be given alongside a plea to allow a certain level of ‘messiness’ in the garden for the sake of wildlife, which further reduces the amount of maintenance work. Suitable for all.
Do you charge for talks? Yes. For most talks we charge for two or three hours plus travel time, depending on the event. This allows for set up time, an hour long talk, plus plenty of time for a Q+A.
Do you require a projector or screen? In general, yes. In order to share pictures of gardens and wildlife we have found along the way, use of a proector and screen is very helpful. If not available, we will try to make the talk as engaging as possible by bringing along demonstration items.