Our Aims, Mission and Manifesto
The Wildlife Gardening Forum works to make everyone more aware of - and excited by - the importance of our gardens for wildlife, people and society.
Our Mission was revised and formally adopted in 2018:
To help everyone make their gardens better for wildlife by:
• Raising awareness and understanding of the importance of
gardens for wildlife and people
• Providing impartial evidence-based information and advice
• Inspiring and supporting the wildlife gardening community
In the formal language of our charitable deed, the Forum's Aims are simply:
• To promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and
natural environment of gardens and their biological diversity.
• To advance the education of the public in the conservation, protection and
improvement of the physical and natural environment and biodiversity of
gardens and the consequent human health benefits.
You can read our (long and very tedious!) charitable deed here
We created our Manifesto "Let Our Gardens Live!" to expand on these basic Aims, and explain to potential supporters and decision makers what we saw as the key issues and challenges. It was launched at Roots and Shoots in Lambeth on 18th July 2007 by Sir John Doughty, the Chair of English Nature who said:
“Through this manifesto, Natural England is calling to action businesses, the public sector and the public to play their part and give gardens a future – for the benefit of our own health and the survival of declining species, such as hedgehogs, frogs and bumblebees, that live on our doorsteps.”
We updated the Manifesto in 2013 to reflect changes over six years. It summarises what the Forum wants to achieve within three sections: Gardens and wildlife, How wildlife gardening can benefit people, and Gardens and the human environment: planning and development.
Click on the images below to download and read the Manifesto in English or Welsh: