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Alan Titchmarsh’s tips on creating a wildlife-friendly garden

Alan Titchmarsh gives his advice on making your garden wildlife friendly.

A garden is as much about wildlife as it is about plants. Gardening and nature conservation are not mutually exclusive, provided the plants that are grown and the way in which the garden is managed take into account the needs of animals, birds and insects as well as the plants themselves.

It is far more satisfying – and responsible – to try and garden with nature rather than against it. In a few years’ time the range of pesticides and chemicals available to the home gardener will have shrunk to almost nothing due to health and safety concerns. We might as well try and rub along and enjoy the wildlife in our gardens rather than exclude it.

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