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THE GARDEN, OUR OASIS: THE BUMBLEBEE FLIES ANYWAY – A YEAR OF GARDENING AND (WILD)LIFE

JERSEY ARTS CENTRE / SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER / 12.30

Is there any point in gardening for wildlife when everyone else is drowning the land in poison and cement?

If the dead could return, what would they say about the land we have taken, the ancient routes we have carved up, the wildlife we have lost?

In The Bumblebee Flies Anyway, Kate Bradbury documents transforming her decked, barren backyard in Brighton into a beautiful wildlife garden: the unbuttoning of the earth and the rebirth of the garden, the rewilding of a tiny urban space. She erects bird boxes and bee hotels, hangs feeders and grows nectar- and pollen-rich plants, and slowly brings life back to the garden.

But while she’s doing this, Kate’s neighbours continue to pave and deck their gardens locking them away, the wildlife she tries to save is further threatened, and she feels she’s fighting an uphill battle.

Kate finds herself back home in Birmingham where she grew up, travelling the roads she used to race down on her bike in the eighties, thinking of the gardens and wildlife she loved, witnessing more land lost beneath paving stones.

Kate Bradbury is the wildlife editor on BBC Gardeners’ World magazine, and a freelance writer for the Guardian, BBC Wildlife magazine, and Telegraph Gardening. She is a regular contributor to BBC Gardeners’ Question Time and appears in the gardenersworld.com/no-fuss-guides videos. Her book The Wildlife Gardener was the Environmental Award winner at the Garden Media Guild Awards in 2013. Kate is a Butterfly Conservation Ambassador and A Focus on Nature mentor.

Kate Bradbury will be joined by Tor Udall author of A Thousand Paper Birds and Lalage Snow author of War Gardens to discuss gardens as oases in a panel chaired by writer and blogger Naomi Frisby.

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