Since we re-established the Green Team at Eden Court we've been considering which challenges we should tackle first.
We already try to do what we can with recycling around the building, having compostable cups and minimising our energy usage where we can, such as LED lights.
Then we had to close.
Obviously, this has led to a huge reduction in energy use as nothing is happening at Eden Court right now. But the Green Team are still pondering what we can do as an organisation that will benefit the environment.
We are fortunate to have fantastic outdoor space which hopefully will be busy again in the summer with Under Canvas but right now is unused. So, the question was asked, do we really need to cut the grass?
There are lots of benefits to local wildlife by not cutting the grass. The longer grass stems create a sheltered micro-climate for mini-beasts, giving space for the bugs and beetles to flourish. Letting the grass grow leaves more seed heads, which in turn scatter across the lawn. This increase in seeds and insects creates a feast for local birds plus a greater variety of plants and flowers, a boost for biodiversity.
So if you're walking past and thinking our lawn is looking a bit wild, it is! We've create a spring meadow, allowing space for wildlife in the city.
Hopefully, in the not too distant future we'll be able to make hay as the sun shines, cutting the grass so that humans can enjoy our outdoor space once lockdown is lifted. Until then we'll let nature take over.
Find out more about this fantastic RSPB initiative.
From our co-chairs of Green Team.