Bringing business and biodiversity together

03 December 2021

“You only need a small input to make a huge difference. Nature will just get on and do its thing once you welcome it,” – that was the message from our Bringing Business and Biodiversity Together event. 

The session – part of our Clean Growth for Business programme – showcased the work which East Suffolk Council has undertaken with Greener Growth to accommodate nature in the grounds at its office in Melton, Suffolk. 

From living sedum roofs which have attracted a range of insects and even Oystercatchers to swift boxes, nest boxes in trees, bat roosts and insect shelters, the space has been transformed to create an area which is welcoming for nature and appealing to staff and visitors. 

Wildflower border meadows have also been planted to attract pollinators.

Jo Metcalfe, founder of Community Interest Company Greener Growth, which has worked with the council to transform the outdoor space, said that even the smallest area can be used to make space for nature. 

“Every single business, school, office and residential site has some areas which can be maximised, both for impact on nature and our own wellbeing – always use the edges!” she said.  

“This is not a practice run – it’s a call to arms and everyone needs to step up now. Even if you only have 1m2 of space, don’t tidy it or cut it. Add wild flowers, grow spring bulbs and watch nature take it over. You’ll be giving nature a hand, and helping yourselves in the process.”

Councillor James Mallinder, Cabinet member for the environment at East Suffolk Council, said: “Business can be positive in the environment – it’s a choice which you can make and with a little bit of thought, you can make a big difference. 

“In a post-Covid world, there is often a demand to be outdoors more often and providing these appealing outdoor spaces to meet, relax and work is extremely valuable.

“It’s a fantastic visual representation of what is important to us as an organisation.” 

For examples of local projects, and to watch recording of the session, click here

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