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Give your garden and help save threatened species

PUBLISHED: 16:15 07 July 2014

© Licensed to simonjacobs.com. 14/05/2014 London, UK. TV presenter Bill Oddie measures out his Hampstead garden in support of The Great Garden Give. This summer the World Land Trust is asking people to measure the size of their garden and ‘pledge their plot’ via a website calculator that will suggest an affordable donation. 2.5p per square metre or £2.50 for the average-sized UK garden. Photo credit : Simon Jacobs

© Licensed to simonjacobs.com. 14/05/2014 London, UK. TV presenter Bill Oddie measures out his Hampstead garden in support of The Great Garden Give. This summer the World Land Trust is asking people to measure the size of their garden and ‘pledge their plot’ via a website calculator that will suggest an affordable donation. 2.5p per square metre or £2.50 for the average-sized UK garden. Photo credit : Simon Jacobs

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Green-fingered folk across the county can help save some of the world's most threatened habitats and species simply by donating their garden as part of the Great Garden Give - a new fundraising campaign from Halesworth-based conservation charity World Land Trust.

The campaign, which runs until July 13, calls on anyone with a garden to estimate its size in square metres, enter the amount into a calculator on the World Land Trust website and then make the suggested donation of 2.5p per square metre – £2.50 for the average-sized UK garden of 100 square metres.

Each donation will enable the charity to secure the future of the same-sized area of rainforest, or other threatened habitat, in Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia or Mexico through its Buy an Acre projects.

Backed by keen gardeners and high-profile conservationists including Bill Oddie and Chris Packham, the charity wants people to pledge their plots so that it can carry on its work extending protected nature reserves across the globe.

World Land Trust chief executive John Burton says the campaign is a great way for locals to do their bit for world conservation.

He said: “The Great Garden Give is a quick, easy and affordable way for gardeners all over Britain to show they care about the future of the wild world – not just in their own back yards, but in areas all over the planet where vital habits are shrinking fast and threatened species could soon be lost forever.”

Former MP and Royal Horticultural Society council member Sir Kenneth Carlisle and his wife, Carla Carlisle are supporting the campaign by giving the gardens at their Wyken Hall home, in Stanton, Bury St Edmunds.

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