Get involved in your local Living Landscape

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People are crucial to making Living Landscape schemes work, and to be successful, individuals and communities need to get involved.

The farming community

In many Living Landscape schemes, the farming community and landowners play a fundamental role. Wildlife Trust conservation officers are working with this group, helping them to make changes so their land is a better place for wildlife.

Changes in land use, such as leaving a border of wild plants growing on the edges of fields, or retaining hedgerows, have a major positive impact on wildlife. These ‘living corridors’ are passageways that species can survive in and travel through to reach other habitat. Farmers can have different levels of involvement, and we will assist them in applying for grants from Government conservation body Natural England to implement the changes.

Become a volunteer

Living Landscape schemes need volunteers too, to help with conservation management. There are opportunities to get involved in all kinds of hands-on activities, such as clearing invasive species, restoring
habitat, planting and surveying for wildlife.

To find out what volunteering opportunties are available, visit the Trust's volunteering page. Volunteering opportunities are also advertised on the Churnet Valley Living Landscape website.

Wildlife gardening

And Living Landscapes aren’t just about the rural landscape – urban areas are also a key part of the jigsaw. Gardens, for instance, comprise around 270,000 hectares of land in the UK. If everyone made their garden wildlife-friendly – by putting up a nest box or growing plants to provide food for birds and insects for example – this would form a colossal area for our precious wild species to thrive in. Find out more about wildlife gardening.