1. Chimney Meadows – Wildflower meadow
Ecology is undoubtedly the soul of a landscape. As the famous conservationist, Aldo Leopold once wrote:
‘The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: ‘what good is it?’’
This statement is profound and holds true several decades later – bearing an ever-greater importance in the contemporary setting. In reality, the environmental crisis we face is also a design crisis and for anyone who wants to create their own ‘Eden’ in their back garden; they should consider the benefits of catering for nature. Helping wildlife can be done in a plethora of ways – cultivating a wildflower meadow is often a popular and effective strategy – such as was done here in Chimney Meadows, Oxfordshire. The area saw a drive in conservation efforts in 2003 when it was passed on to the BBOWT as part of a drive to re-vitalise the landscape. Presently, the area is a haven for native species and serves as an extremely important, bio-diverse area. Domestically, wildflower meadows are relatively straightforward – one can even buy turf or ready mixed seeds that favour colour, species, soil type etc. This is a fantastic option for disused spaces with ample light and is hugely beneficial to much of Britain’s (unfortunately dwindling) wildlife population.