Our biodiversity is something worth fighting for – which is why Ealing Council is launching an ambitious action plan (BAP) to safeguard the borough’s nature long into the future.
From creating wildflower meadows, to planting trees, building bird and bat boxes, and even supporting the reintroduction of the locally extinct harvest mouse, the BAP sets out the ways we will protect and enhance our biodiversity.
The good news is that local people can play a vital role in achieving this greener and more environmentally friendly future.
The council’s senior Park Ranger, Vanessa Hampton explains some more about the BAP in the accompanying video.
And there are plenty of opportunities for residents of all ages to get involved. In the lead up to the launch of the BAP this September, the council is running free, fun, family events to discover wildlife and show you how you help can nurture nature.
The events, which have themes such as Busy Bugs, Precious Plants and Brilliant Birds, take place in four parks between 10am-2pm, weekly throughout August:
- Tuesday – Northala Fields
- Wednesday – Southall Park
- Thursday – Acton Park
- Friday – Walpole Park
No booking is required and the events will take place near the cafes in these parks and near the children’s play area at Southall Park.
Improving our biodiversity through expanding meadows, hedgerows and tree cover, is part of the ambitious but necessary target of achieving net zero carbon by 2030, part of the council’s climate action strategy.
By increasing these green spaces we can also protect the habitats of flower and insect species vital to the pollination process and food chains.
Have a look at the the first in a series of climate crisis explainer stories for further details about how the council is tackling this urgent issue, as well as more info about terms such as carbon neutral, net zero, and carbon footprint.