Wildlife conservation is a major element of our work. Trained and educated in ecology and conservation we provide detailed advice and can create, enhance, and maintain habitats for particular species and wildlife.
As part of our initial consultation we often carry out an optional quick and free garden habitat survey. We also offer more in-depth, low-cost ecological surveys for target groups/species. We love to share our findings with our clients, and when species of particular interest are identified on-site, with our clients permission, we then share our findings with local biological records centres and the NBN Gateway using the Irecord platform so that it can be used for conservation research, monitoring, and education.
Please feel free to get in contact for more information.
BSC Conservation Biology and Ecology - Exeter University
RHS Level 2 - Horticulture - Duchy College
Permaculture Design Course - Aranya and Klaudia von Gool
Brush-cutter maintenance and use - Lantra Awards
Chainsaw cross-cutting and maintenance – Lantra Awards
4x4 Recreational off-road driving – Lantra Awards
Invertebrate Survey Techniques – Oxford University
Apple tree management – Countryman Les
Apple Tree Grafting Course - The Midshires Orchard Group
Practical GPS/GIS 2 day course - ABCGIS
Phase 1, 2, and NVC Habitat Surveying - IEEM
Dormouse Ecology and Conservation – The Mammal Society
Cirl bunting conservation in the UK – Ambios Ecology
Wildlife and the Law – Ambios Ecology
L2 National Diploma in Work-based Environmental Conservation - Duchy College
John Muir and V50 volunteering awards
Tractor driving and maintenance – Lark Valley Training
Green Earth Gardens offers a unique, highly trained service driven by ecology and nature conservation.
Our aim is to help Cornish gardens thrive with life and natural beauty, providing diverse resources including foods and medicines, and becoming chemical-free wildlife havens.
We use in-depth knowledge of biology, horticulture, and ecology in our work and follow organic principles. Whether it be through surveys, advice, design, or practical management, we work to extremely high standards, and specialise in low-impact tools, and practises.
We approach our work in an ecologically-grounded, innovative, and resourceful way.
Experienced, friendly, and competent, we develop great relationships with our clients and provide an extremely bespoke and affordable service.
The importance of gardens for biodiversity in the UK is immense and cannot be understated. They cover an enormous amount of land area and form connections between protected wildlife sites and other green-spaces, whilst providing habitat and resources to literally thousands of different species from birds and bats to hedgehogs and newts, many of which are now endangered. Home gardens can easily become diverse and rich wildlife habitats; a single small garden can quite easily hold over 30 plant species, and can include everything from bulbs and annuals and herbacious perennials and grasses to large trees and shrubs from all over the world.
Not only this but the ecological networks in our gardens are largely what keeps the plants healthy and strong. Beneficial insects, for example, greatly outnumber pest species, and the microbial communities in soil ecosystems have been shown to not only provide the fundamental food for plants but also regulate and control plant pathogens. If you visit a woodland or semi-wild habitat anywhere on earth you will see that synthetic fertilisers, fungicides, and pesticides are not neccessary.
When working with natural processes, not only does it save resources and time, but it puts less stress on the plants and has a positive effect on wildlife of all kinds - wildlife that is facing great adversity today due to habitat loss and pollution.
We believe that ecology is fundamental to garden design and management and that gardens are one of the front lines of nature conservation in the UK.
We work in a well-informed, ecologically-grounded, and conservative way, that aims to support and harness the garden wildlife, whilst encouraging more select species into the space from other habitats. Following organic principles and environmentally conscious practises. Integrated pest and disease management is employed, and wild plants are managed on an individual basis rather than attempting to clear the garden of all it's wild flora. Native plants provide beneficial functions such as biodiversity attraction, nutrient cycling, and soil protection.
Power tools such as strimmers, hedge-trimmers, and chain-saws are used when needed, but always in a conservative manner as they pollute and can cause unneccesary damage to plants and the garden ecosystem.
We aim to create a NET gain in Ecological Value and Biodiversity through our work, and a minimal Carbon Footprint.
We work with nature, not against it, in ecologically-inspired ways to create low-maintenance, harmonious gardens that are beautiful, healthy, and abundant.
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