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The Global Gardener - who has written 872 posts on My Climate Change Garden.

I am not an experienced gardener - more of an enthusiastic amateur who learns by trial and error and who is keen to "manage" the effects of shifting weather patterns on my garden. Writing this blog is my passion and it has evolved over 12 years to inspire engagement with climate change outside our back doors, in our personal gardens and green spaces. My mission is to fertilise and expand this platform to grow a community of global gardeners communicating about the effects of climate change on our plants and exploring how each individual can make small changes in our lives to become more sustainable. The future of our gardens and #OurPlanet is in our hands - please plant your own seeds for our collective sustainable future.

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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 . Here is one of my favourite […]

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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 Action@TheCarbonPath

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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Buy Plants

Saturday, March 11, 2017

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Buy Plants

Visit these web-sites to find plants that can thrive in our increasingly unpredictable climate. Here is a list of  specialist nurseries offering quality plants who can also provide helpful planting advice to make sure that you choose the right plant for your soil and changing local climate. CORNWALL http://www.eastofedenplants.co.uk http://www.hardyexotics.co.uk http://www.trebrown.com EAST SUSSEX http://www.athelasplants.co.uk/ LONDON […]

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A warming planet affects our gardens

Friday, March 3, 2017

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Our planet is warming very rapidly. In 2016 our precious Earth was 1.69 degrees Fahrenheit (0.94 Celsius) warmer than the 20th century average, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration figures released on Wednesday. That may not sound like much, but on a planetary scale it’s a profound shift that has decimated coral reefs, thawed […]

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How to create a micro-climate in your garden

Saturday, September 17, 2016

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Growing bananas in the UK certainly takes on new heights when you see what a micro climate can produce. These 20 year old gigantic banana plants  remain outside in The Exotic Garden in Norwich during UK winters although, when the temperatures really drop, they are protected with fleece and straw. What exactly is a micro climate? A […]

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