Any space can be rewilded by just standing back and letting nature get on with it, and many of our richest wild places were shaped this way.
If the soil is nutrient poor this may be a good idea but all too often what you end up with are nettles, thistles and other nitrogen-loving plants. These are all important to have as they support a huge variety of wildlife. Several of our most colourful butterflies need nettles as food for their caterpillars, and young nettle tops make a delicious soup to warm us up in spring!
For those keen to make the most of any rewilding opportunity CA-WN has published a booklet full of suggestions. Though aimed at a parish-sized area these can be scaled down even for the average front garden or a strip of roadside verge.
For signed-up subscribers the booklet is free to download as a PDF and substainably printed copies for sharing can be bought in packs of ten.