The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has urged gardeners in London not to throw away old and decaying bits of wood, but to use create havens for wildlife and perches for songbirds. The RSPB would also like to see an effort from London gardeners to introduce “stumperies” back into their gardens.
Stumperies are garden features comprising of upturned logs, partially buried in the garden or amongst planters, which subsequently cultivate fungi and colonies of insects. Popular amongst Victorian London gardeners, and a feature of Prince Charles´ garden at Highgrove, stumperies can either comprise of a random pile of logs or an ornate and attractive highlight of one’s garden.
Stumps and cut-off logs are often seen as waste in the garden – too big to use as compost and too small to have any purpose (unless you have a log-burning stove). By incorporating them into your garden beds you add to the appearance of your garden and help preserve London´s wildlife.
If you would like to know more about stumperies, or have a pile of logs that you would like to put to good use, please contact one of the gardeners or local landscapers in London featured in our Tradesmen´s Directory.