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Fergus Garrett: Biodiversity at Great Dixter

On 29th September, head gardener, Fergus Garrett, gave a talk on the Biodiversity of the Great Dixter

The recent biodiversity audit at Great Dixter has revealed how extraordinarily rich the gardens and estate are in wildlife. For example, within just a few acres, Great Dixter is host to over 40% of the UK’s bee species, including many rare and scarce species. Head Gardener Fergus Garrett gives the background to the biodiversity audit, uncovering the process involved as well as exploring the reasons for such diversity, especially in an intensively gardened flower garden.

The findings from Great Dixter can relate directly to other gardens large and small, proving how important a resource these spaces are for conserving some of our most threatened species. Collectively, along with roadside verges, brownfield sites, and urban and suburban spaces, gardens can play an important role in the future.