NGSI was set up in January 2013. Biodiversity in Newcastle had been declining for several years. Insects in particular had declined dramatically in number. Loss of insects, including bees and butterflies, was having an effect on numbers of flowers, birds, bats and other wildlife in the city. NGSI was founded with the aim of halting or reversing this decline. We decided to start by introducing more wild flowers to the urban landscape. Wild flower meadows themselves have declined by 97% since the Second World War. All animal life, including human life, ultimately depends upon plant life.

We share Sir David Attenborough's concern that so many urban children are growing up with so little contact with nature.

The overall objectives of NGSI are:

We will achieve these objectives through: