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Join #BigClimateFightback – Plant trees to tackle climate change

2. November 2019

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Join #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. The leading woodland conservation charity in the UK launched its ‘Big Climate Fightback’ campaign after figures showed just 1,420 hectares (3,500 acres) of woodland was created in England last year, far short […]

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How your garden can help beat climate change

1. November 2019

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How your garden can help beat climate change

You may have noticed that our seasons are becoming confused and increasingly unpredictable. If you have a garden you will regularly observe the effects of unseasonal and extreme weather on plants and wildlife. The good news is that your garden can help to combat these changes – particularly if they are in the city as […]

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Gardeners key to observing climate change

28. October 2019

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Gardeners key to observing climate change

Did you know that almost 50% of UK adults are engaged in gardening? Or that domestic gardens account for nearly 25% of urban space? Or that garden soils store almost 25% more carbon per unit area than arable soils?  All of this means that gardeners are well  placed to notice and understand the effects of climate […]

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Climate change affecting seasons

18. October 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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Growing season in UK boosted by a month

27. August 2019

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Growing season in UK boosted by a month

The UK growing season for plants is longer than at any time since records began in 1772 extending the range of flowers and vegetables that can be grown successfully in the UK. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/mar/23/plant-growing-season-uk-one-month-longer-1990-met-office The Met office regularly uploads information about how climate change is impacting our daily weather patterns. http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/news/releases/2016/growing-season Six of the ten longest […]

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Gardening in a changing climate

25. August 2019

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Gardening in a changing climate

Gardeners are at the front line of the battle to save our gardens and green spaces if the weather continues to change as predicted by the Met Office. http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate-guide/climate-change Here are some simple tips you can follow to help your garden  thrive in a changing climate: Choose wind and drought tolerant plants such as geranium, […]

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Hottest UK Day ever – July 25th 2019

31. July 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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Plant Trees for a changing climate

17. July 2019

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          Climate change is happening now in your back garden and trees are the best weapon we have to fight the increase in carbon dioxide linked to a changing climate. As a result, long-lived trees that you plant now will have to deal with a different climate when they mature. Hotter […]

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Weather to garden?

11. March 2019

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Weather is certainly the most crucial factor when it comes to growing plants in any garden wherever you live in the world. Most visitors to this blog come from America and the UK where gardeners are finding that well-defined growing seasons are becoming confused. Our gardens are totally reliant on the weather and what it […]

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A warming planet affects our gardens

3. March 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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