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The Global Gardener - who has written 865 posts on My Climate Change Garden.

I am not an experienced gardener - more of an enthusiastic amateur who learns by trial and error and is keen to "manage" the effects of the weather on my garden. Writing this blog is my passion and I hope that it will continue to grow, allowing global gardeners to communicate about the effects of climate change on our plants and the future of our gardens.

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Covid19 & Climate Crisis deliver new garden delights and challenges

Thursday, June 11, 2020

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Growing a garden in the current pandemic is the “new normal”. All over the globe, individuals have woken up to the joy of their personal green spaces during lock down. It has became obvious that our gardens and green spaces connect us to own piece of nature, revealing much about the wildlife and biodiversity that […]

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How are UK gardeners coping with climate change?

Saturday, February 29, 2020

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Gardens Illustrated recently asked Head Gardeners at National Trust properties up and down the UK how they were having to adapt to climate change while still preserving the history and heritage of their garden for visitors in the process. https://www.gardensillustrated.com/gardens/gardeners-adapt-climate-change/ Gardening in a changing climate brings new opportunities and encourages innovative ways to manage and plant […]

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#BigClimateFightback – Plant trees to tackle climate change

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

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#BigClimateFightback – Plant trees to tackle climate change

The Woodland Trust  is asking one million people to each plant a native UK tree to fight climate change after the government failed to meet targets.  ‘Big Climate Fightback’  campaign has been launched after figures showed just 1,420 hectares (3,500 acres) of woodland were created in England last year, far short of the 5,000-a-year (12,000 acres)  […]

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Climate change affecting seasons

Friday, October 18, 2019

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A report published by the University of Southampton confirms that on average the end of Autumn is taking place later and Spring is starting earlier in the northern hemisphere. This has huge implications for UK , European and USA gardeners. The project was led by University of Southampton Professor of Geography Peter Atkinson, who worked […]

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Climate change gardening

Saturday, August 24, 2019

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Richard Bisgrove is Senior Lecturer in Landscape Management at the University of Reading . He has written an excellent article about climate change gardening which offers an overview of the science behind climate change in relation to gardening. Here he summarises the long term effects of a rising temperature for the UK and its gardens: […]

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Hottest UK Day ever – July 25th 2019

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

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Hottest UK Day ever – July 25th 2019

The UK’s highest ever temperature has been officially recorded in Cambridge, the Met Office has confirmed.https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jul/29/met-office-confirms-new-uk-record-temperature-of-387c Cambridge University Botanic Garden measured 38.7c (101.7F) on Thursday 25th July 2019. This beat the previous record of 38.5c (101.3F) set in Kent in 2003. The Met Office have also reported that UK’s 10 hottest years on record have […]

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Will Giles – The Greatest Climate Change Gardener

Saturday, July 20, 2019

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Will Giles was one of the greatest advocates for exotic gardening in the UK. Sadly Will is no longer with us, but his vast experience and extensive knowledge of exotic gardening in the UK lives on forever. I was very honoured to record a series of videos with Will in the Exotic Garden between 2009 and 2012 . These are a lasting legacy to Will and are at […]

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Less lawn makes greener gardens

Thursday, November 1, 2018

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Less lawn makes greener gardens

Reducing the size of your lawn is the path to a greener garden.With increasing pressure on water supplies and the need to reduce carbon emissions,  reducing our lawns – or maybe getting rid of them completely –  is becoming an extremely topical issue. In the USA, 58 million Americans spend £30 billion a year maintaining […]

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Wind Power as energy source

Saturday, July 7, 2018

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This website is powered by a green server which uses wind energy to generate its power. Making a choice about your energy source is an important issue for everyone to consider if we are to power a low carbon future. Whether it is for business or at home, it is important to identify ways to […]

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Climate Change [email protected]

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

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For the past ten years this green blog has successfully used gardens & plants to communicate key climate change messages. Without doubt THE biggest challenge for communicating climate change effectively is how to engage people with this pressing local & global issue without using complicated scientific data or images of polar bears, melting ice caps and remote […]

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