Wildlife and gardens
The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames covers approximately 5,500 hectares and it is the only London Borough to straddle both sides of the River Thames. Richmond is believed to be one of the richest boroughs in London in terms of the total area of green space, the quality and diversity of parks, open spaces and conservation areas and the wealth of different habitats and species these areas support, as many of the species are also important on a regional, national and international scale. Safeguarding and enhancing habitats is the key to conserving biodiversity. Find out more about the main habitats found in Richmond and where to go to see the plants and animals that live there.
Biodiversity is one of the key concepts underpinning sustainability. The range of ecological services that make the planet habitable for humans and other species (such as purification of air and water, recycling of nutrients, pollination and seed dispersal and flood relief) relies on complex interactions among plants and animals, their habitats and the ecosystems that sustain them.
What can I do?
Richmond Council is keen to encourage more people to get involved in nature conservation activities and the management of wildlife sites to ensure they are protected for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.
Increase the wildlife value in your garden. Private gardens form a significant proportion of urban greenspace, playing a valuable role in forming wildlife corridors between larger areas of habitat, such as parks, commons and open spaces. There are lots of different things you can do in your garden to benefit wildlife. They will not take up much of your time, but have the potential to make a real difference. Find out more about wildlife gardening.
Tasha Hunter, Parks and Open Spaces, Richmond Council
Telephone: 0845 612 2660