New guidelines from The Wildlife Trusts in its ‘Homes for people and wildlife - how to build housing in a nature-friendly way’ report show that new housing can be built to provide people with greener homes which also help reverse the ongoing decline in wildlife and habitats.
"Over the past century we have lost natural habitats on an unprecedented scale," says Rachel Hackett, Living Landscapes Development Manager for The Wildlife Trusts. "Yet nature has its own innate value. It also makes us happy and we depend on the things that it gives us. Our new guidelines show that it’s possible to have both, so people can enjoy birdsong, reap the benefits of raingardens which soak up floodwater, and plants that bees and other pollinators need to survive. With good design the costs of doing this are a tiny proportion of the overall cost of a housing development, but represent a big investment for the future.
"It’s possible to create nature-friendly housing by planting wildlife-rich community green spaces, walkways, gardens, verges, roofs, wetlands and other natural features. These gains for wildlife improve people’s health and quality of life too.”