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Gardening in a changing climate

14. June 2019

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Gardening in a changing climate

  The original inspiration for my websites about climate change gardening came from an impressive document produced in 2002 by the Royal Horticultural Society,the National Trust, English Heritage, the UK Climate Impacts programme and other environmental /horticultural organisations. Entitled ” Gardening in the Global Greenhouse, the impact of climate change on our gardens”, it clearly […]

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Gardeners key to observing climate change

13. June 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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How your garden can help beat climate change

12. June 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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Plant trees to tackle climate change

12. June 2019

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Plant trees to tackle climate change

Trees are vital to the future of our planet as they soak up carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/nov/26/trees-to-combat-climate-change Wherever you live in the world please think about where you can plant more trees – they are beautiful and easy to look after as long as you choose the right tree for the right soil […]

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Gardening in a changing climate report RHS

11. June 2019

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A new report was launched in 2017 by the RHS to help gardeners to adapt to climate change as the seasons shift and UK weather becomes more extreme. The new report has been written in collaboration with researchers from the University of Sheffield and University of Reading. The report presents the results of an extensive […]

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Climate Change Gardening 2019 and beyond?

11. June 2019

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Climate Gardens is creating interest in adapting to climate change through gardeners personally experiencing the effects of increasingly weird weather in their gardens, right outside their back door. Using the natural elements of sun, wind and water is crucial to gardeners and using these to power our energy for a low carbon future is the […]

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Climate change gardening

10. June 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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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 room with a blog view

1. January 2019

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A room with a blog view

Here are some of the garden views that greet me every morning and provide the inspiration to write this blog  – depending on the seasons and the weather of course.         My garden is just one of the places I observe our increasingly unpredictable weather and find inspiration to write about climate […]

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Less lawn makes greener gardens

1. November 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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