GARDENS are a big selling point for any home on the market with are 92 per cent of buyers saying it’s the “most important feature”.
But many sellers overlook one, very easy, way to boost the value of their home – by creating a wildlife friendly space.Wildlife-friendly gardens are great for boosting the value of your home[/caption]
Keen gardeners can do this by introducing bird feeders and installing water features or leaving a wild flower section of the backyard.
Another bonus of the project is that experts estimate it could add up to £27,000 to the value of your property.
Last year BBC Gardeners’ World found that more than half of survey respondents were creating a “wild” uncultivated space in their garden.
Gardening expert at MyJobQuote, Fiona Jenkins said: “A well-designed wildlife garden could add between five per cent and 20 per cent to your house value, depending on its size and your location.”
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While garden wildlife expert and director of Ark Wildlife Sean McMenemy gave his top tips for starting your own wildlife garden.
Firstly he encouraged sellers to do what they could to create an aspirational space for people who may move into the property.
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This can be created with pleasant smells from the garden. He suggested bee-friendly flowers would contribute to this.
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Sean said: “In recent years, the importance of bees as pollinators has been widely recognised and conservation efforts are underway.
“You can play your part by planting flowers like geraniums, lavender and open dahlias, or herbs such as marjoram, sage and chives.
“Then your garden will look and smell great, and you’ll be helping bees to spread flowers and fruit around the neighbourhood.”
The good news is that the pros suggest it’s time to take a small step back from garden maintenance and encouraged us to allow it to grow in a natural, lush way.
Although the pro did say it shouldn’t look “neglected”.
He said: “More grass means more habitats for all kinds of animals. You can achieve a beautiful look with a mix of grasses and wildflowers, helped along by using wildflower seed balls.
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“Just remember to plan it carefully, so it looks designed, rather than neglected.”
Ideally you want the space to look beautiful and inviting to both you and the wildlife that could also make it their home.