That’s the opinion of more than half of respondents to a new London Assembly biodiversity survey, who believe more should be done to help flowers and plants flourish in the city.
The Assembly Environment Committee survey of 841 nature conservation and community groups, plus individuals in London found that 56% think the Mayor could do more to protect the region’s biodiversity.
Around 60% feel local boroughs are also not doing enough, while 40% are particularly concerned about pressure from new developments.
“(There is) pressure from developers to build on green spaces or so called ‘waste land’ which is in fact a valuable wild habitat for all sorts of plants, insects and animals,” one respondent said.
“The trend towards ‘green desert’ gardens with over-manicured lawns and borders is depriving wild birds and insects of food and habitat.”
The committee has now written to the Mayor, urging him to take a strategic lead and act as an essential catalyst on issues relating to biodiversity conservation in London.
It also wants him to update the Mayoral Biodiversity Strategy to reflect changes in policy and thinking since it was published 11 years ago.
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