25th May 2023

Local wildlife and habitats are under threat. Loss of biodiversity is happening locally and globally on an unprecedented scale, with approximately one million plant and animal species facing extinction. We know that biodiversity draws in carbon and helps in the fight against the climate crisis too.

It is often nature, whether landscape, seascape or wildlife that draws visitors to Kent (47% of visitors say it is one of the main reasons they chose to visit the county). The Kent Downs AONB makes up almost a quarter of the region. 

Implementing changes to the way we run our businesses so as to reduce our environmental impact is crucial. However, we need to go further. We need to regenerate, restore and re-energise as many local pockets of nature as we can.

At COP15 in 2022, an agreement was reached to preserve a third of the planet’s lands, coastal areas and oceans by 2030 and tourism has an important role to play.

We need to move urgently towards more nature positive tourism: a type of tourism where visitors not only tread lightly when they travel but in fact proactively leave behind a positive impact on nature – leaving it better and enhanced for all future visitors (the human and the non-human variety).

Below are ten actions you can take to help restore and regenerate the immediate green spaces you have available.

  • 1. Get to know your land

    If you have a small area of land you might already have a good idea about the habitats and species that could flourish. Talk to your neighbours to share local knowledge and if you have a larger area you may need to do some metaphorical ‘digging’. Rewilding Britain has some wonderful information about how to go about this. Kent’s Biodiversity Strategy has details of priority habitats and species in the area. Local wildlife groups such as the Kent Wildlife Trust, are also an excellent resource. For larger rewilding projects you might want to work with an ecologist.

  • 2. Plant pollinators

    Bees and butterflies love pollinating plants and need these to thrive. Actively choose and plant pollinator-friendly species within your green spaces. If you have more space you might consider seeding a small wild meadow. You can buy ‘seed bombs’ with an array of beautiful flowers and grasses. Look out for the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Plants for Pollinators symbol. The RHS also has a list of pollinator plants on its website. Kent’s Plan Bee pollinator action plan can also help you.

  • 3. Safe havens for wildlife

    Diversifying the habitats and structures available to wildlife in your green space is crucial. You can do this in many ways – it could be as simple as creating and leaving a log pile in a corner of your garden or you might like to go further and build a larger bug hotel (or a bug mansion!) to give shelter for insects and small mammals.

  • 4. Ponds

    Consider how you can incorporate ponds within your green space. These give wildlife access to water and provide habitats for many different species.

  • 5. No-mow

    Leaving grass and weeds to grow has huge benefits for biodiversity – it also saves you time and can look stunning too. Leave it for a year and see what appears. Share your decision with your guests too so that they understand why you have chosen to take this approach. Place benches for contemplation or unusual seating structures such as willow pods, DIY pallet benches, chunky logs, swing seats etc for visitors to take it all in.

  • 6. Cancel the chemicals

    Nature doesn’t respond well to the unnatural. Our soils need to flourish healthily. Try and eliminate or at least reduce the amount of chemical-related products i.e. pesticides you use and never spray open flowers.

  • 7. Birds

    Keep your bird table and feeders well-stocked with a wide range of bird-friendly foods such as nuts, dried fruits and seeds. It provides a focal point for visitors too and will be enjoyed by all ages. Don’t forget birds also need water so pop a bird bath in your garden. Lastly, if you have trees, add a nestbox or two to your green space. Bat boxes for bats are a great additional feature too.

  • 8. Tree planting

    Trees pull down or sequester carbon and are therefore essential for us to tackle the climate crisis. Quite simply, we need more trees. Kent County Council has put together a helpful list of organisations offering funding and support to businesses, schools and communities to help plant trees sustainably.

  • 9. Volunteering

    Join in, alongside your staff, in a local nature-based volunteering activity such as a local litter pick or a beach clean. Find out more from Kent Wildlife Trust.

  • 10. Eco-spiration

    Locally there are some incredible nature-based projects. The reintroduction of bison into Blean woods near Canterbury is a wonderful project - the story may well inspire something within you! Share your stories, collaborate with other local people to hear their ideas and don’t forget to inspire your visitors too – ultimately the more people we can reconnect with nature, the better!

Further information


Read more tips and information on how to become a more sustainable business in our Impacts Resources Hub.

Read inspiring stories from our Impact Heroes where we detail exciting organisations that have taken action on sustainability.

If you have taken action to be more sustainable in your business, we’d love to hear more. Please get in touch with enquiries@visitkent.co.uk