THIS MONTH: In the Garden
Adjust your lawn mower to a higher setting. A taller lawn shades roots and holds soil moisture better than if it is closely clipped.
Use a water butt to harvest rainwater. Purchasing a water butt will help you to collect rain water for use on the garden, lawn and washing your car, instead of using clean, drinkable water. The average roof collects about 85,000 litres (21,250 gallons) of rain in a year! This could fill 450 water butts with free water. Visit the Royal Horticultural Society website for more information on collecting, storing and re-using water.
Read an overview of re‑using water in the garden and home and The Environment Agency's guidance for appropriate domestic rainwater harvesting options in the UK.
When washing your car, be sure to hand-wash with a bucket rather than a running hose.
Take waste oil and chemicals such as white spirit/turpentine to a municipal recycling facility: don't pour them down the sink or outside drains.
Find out how pollution is affecting fresh water biodiversity in India’s waterways. In this TED video, conservation scientist and reptile expert Romulus Whitaker talks about the endangered gharial and king cobra, two reptile species threatened by pollution: