My guest this week is gardener Benny Hawksbee. Benny has a background in biology and gardens with one eye on biodiversity. His projects include the Eden Nature Garden, a community garden designed to be a haven for people and wildlife, and John Little’s garden in Essex.
We talk about how Benny brings biology and ecology into his work, what we can all do to garden for wildlife whilst reducing our input in terms of resources and how we can involve the community in building and using gardens that work for everyone.
Dr Ian Bedford’s Bug of the Week: Broad bean pests
What We Talk About
Benny’s professional background and how he got into horticulture
The Eden Nature Garden
How Benny brings biology & ecology into his work
Gardening on a low budget and with low resource availability, such as the absence of running water and electricity
Going against the horticultural rule book
Bees – native species and honeybees
The importance of community involvement in public gardens
The future of gardening in the UK
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Nature from the Rubble