Nature Isn't Neat - Monlife

What is ‘Nature Isn’t Neat’?

Nature Isn’t Neat is an approach that encourages us all to alter the way we manage our grassland on verges, open spaces and parks to create space for nature.

The Nature Isn’t Neat project will establish a joined-up approach to the management of green spaces, also known as Green Infrastructure (GI), to create wildflower-rich pollinator habitats across 5 local authority areas (Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen)

The project which is to be delivered as part of the Gwent Green Grid Partnership, will engage with local communities across South-East Wales, raising awareness of pollinator decline and encouraging community ownership and empowerment to deliver actions that will help them recover.

Changes to help keep flowering species alive for longer, not only provide food and habitats for the pollinators and other species, but also increases water absorption, provides Carbon sequestration, and improves the health of the soil. Research suggests that creating environments which support a wider range of wildlife, benefits people’s health and mental wellbeing, while encouraging them to slow down and enjoy watching flowers, insects and other wildlife. 

Successful grassland management pilots to reduce the areas normally cut frequently have improved biodiversity across the Gwent local authorities, this year the Nature Isn’t Neat approach to management is being coordinated to cover wider areas across Gwent, with the mission of making it ‘pollinator friendly’ by allowing more wildflowers to grow in our green spaces.

Activities and events are planned for 2022 to raise awareness of pollinator decline and promote pollinator friendly management, so look out for further updates on the website or follow us on Twitter @Natureisntneat and @Gwentgreengrid for all the latest news.

Councillor Lisa Dymock, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for Green Infrastructure said:

“We are excited about the coordination of the Nature isn’t Neat approach through the Gwent Green Grid Partnership, as this strategy is crucial in response to the decline in biodiversity and challenges of climate change. Using the Nature isn’t Neat approach, the project aims to improve prospects for wildlife, providing crucial stepping stones for species to move between good habitat areas at a regional level.”