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Re: Biodiversity value of a private garden lawn?

Subject: Re: Biodiversity value of a private garden lawn?
From: Wayne Tyson
Date: Nov 15 2021 21:31:04
While I'm not absolutely certain about the statistics, I quite agree with
your remarks about agriculture. I hope you will consider writing a piece
for a newspaper of wide circulation. This commonly ignored fact needs to
become more widely known.

As for gardens, while I am happy to hear on good mycological authority that
(presumably indigenous?) fungi have become established, it would be
interesting to know how the entire garden microbiome compares with that of
adjacent wilds. Gardens, by definition, are collections of plants fancied
by the gardener, not necessarily those of an indigenous ecosystem.

WT

On Mon, Nov 15, 2021 at 9:21 AM Antony Croft <rositsavalleyangling@xxxxxx.com>
wrote:

As a fungal ecologist it always surprised me how many rare (supposedly, due
to lack of records) fungi would be found in the older urban gardens,
usually owned by now pension aged non weedkiller types. Succession and a
lack of ''improvement'' along with a good dose of time does quite rightly
enable a remarkable amount of Biodiversity within the urban context. You
could almost guarantee seeing vulnerable wax caps in a pre 1940-1950's lawn

As for the intensely managed agricultural setting, not only a
biological/ecological desert but also a carbon devoid soil. Agricultural
practice will have contributed far more to atmospheric carbon than every
car ever produced.

On Mon, Nov 15, 2021 at 6:24 PM Bill Anderson <
anderson.arb.original@xxxxxx.com> wrote:

Angus said: I'm deeply skeptical of the biodiversity value of a private
garden lawn and indeed any landscaping put in place by commercial
housebuilders...

I'd say you were right to be sceptical Angus, but Sheffield University
did
a study that showed domestic housing away from city centres had better
biodiversity than intensely cultivated agricultural land. (Google
"biodiversity in urban gardens, bugs1 and bugs 2") However I suspect it
takes some time for this sort of biodiversity to develop in back gardens,
and I suspect the usual housebuilders' landscaping schemes are only a
step
in vaguely the right direction. I'm sick to the back teeth of supermarket
car park type planting that features Cherry Laurel and other allelopathic
plants that do very little to improve biodiversity. I'd rather see new
developments with no landscaping and the new occupants actually taking an
interest. How you legislate for that I dunno.

I've not read the biodiversity net gain matrix thing yet but if it
doesn't
acknowledge that removing some plants is actually to improve biodiversity
then there's something wrong with it.

Bill.



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