Clover, Selfheal and Birds-foot Trefoil all growing on a short lawnConserving nature, wildlife, biodiversity, (re)wilding, green and blue infrastructure ... have not been traditional Transition Town Kingston pursuits, though we hosted a "Living Landscapes - making space for nature in Kingston" panel discussion back in 2011 and it has become increasingly clear that the natural world is not just good for wildlife but for people and planet as well. Greenery has an important part to play in reducing carbon emissions and some of the damaging effects of our lifestyles and climate change, such as urban heating, pollution and flooding.

Kingston has its partly green riversides (the Thames and the Hogsmill) and is surrounded by large biodiverse green spaces, but access to them is uneven, some of our parks, gardens, roadside verges and other local green spaces are over-manicured green deserts, and they do not join up to provide green corridors for wildlife movement, foraging and habitats - see this Google map. What can and should we do about it?

SOURCES OF GUIDANCE
For gardeners
For councils, contractors, friends’ groups
LOCAL WILDLIFE AND CONSERVATION GROUPS
OTHER WILDLIFE CAMPAIGNS, ORGANISATIONS & SOURCES OF INFORMATION
KINGSTON COUNCIL
  • Kingston’s Green Spaces Strategy 2024-34: "Kingston’s public greenspaces, including our parks, woodlands and riversides, are important for our physical and mental well-being. But not everyone who lives, works or studies in the borough has good access to a green space or is able to enjoy and benefit from them.  Last year a new vision for our public greenspaces was published. It highlights The 11 key themes where we want to make improvements over the next 10 years. As a council we cannot achieve this on our own and will need to work in close partnership with our communities and stakeholders, to make it happen. To support this vision we have created a draft plan which includes a list of actions, under each theme, to help us make improvements."
  • Biodiversity in Kingston - https://www.kingston.gov.uk/biodiversity-kingston:  "Find out about our commitment to biodiversity, Kingston’s Biodiversity Action Plan, our nature reserves and key projects, and how you can get involved."