Biodiversity in gardeners hands

A UK educational institution has suggested that Brits have a prime opportunity to help improve the countrys biodiversity levels.

The University of Leeds suggested that by working together, garden and greenhouse enthusiasts can create a network of safe habitats for the UKs birds, mammals and bees.

By working together with neighbours and local parks, nature reserves and other green spaces, Brits can make a real difference, said PhD student Mark Goddard.

"One person may plant a tree or create a pond in their own back garden, but the survival of many of the mobile species that live in towns and cities, such as birds and mammals, is dependent on the provision of larger areas of habitat," he explained.

Private gardens account for more than a quarter (30 per cent) of Leeds total urban area and the university has stated that residents can use this green space to help wildlife in the area by working together.

Meanwhile, a group of Northumberland residents have shown the power of working in unison by raising more than £3 million.

The funds have been put towards saving the historic Seaton Delaval Hall and its gardens, according to the Royal Horticultural Society.