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Three weeks rain in one hour

28. July 2014

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After the heatwave came huge thunderstorms delivering record breaking rainfall over Southern England today. Around three weeks of rain arrived in one hour in parts of East Sussex bringing chaos and flash flooding that affected the morning rush hour.  http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/11369589.Storms_causing_delays__disruption_and_damage_as_heavy_rain_and_lightning_hits/?ref=var_0 Here is my East Sussex garden at 9.30am today. A very different scene to the […]

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Trees tackle climate change

5. June 2014

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Trees tackle climate change

The UK needs to plant 20 million trees a year for the next half century to tackle climate change, protect wildlife and provide benefits for people, according to the Woodland Trust. The charity’s president, TV personality Clive Anderson, wants to see the UK’s tree cover double – bringing the amount of woodlands up to the […]

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Bluebells flower early in 2014

23. April 2014

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The rising temperatures of climate change mean spring is arriving earlier in the UK. British flowers came out two to 12 days earlier in the past 25 years than in any previous quarter-century , and the seasonal timing of reproduction has shifted forward by about 11 days between 1976 and 2005, previous research has shown. Bluebells in particular are flowering earlier […]

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RHS gardens in a changing climate

7. April 2014

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                                                On April 1st I attended the RHS Spring Fair in London on a beautiful sunny day.  The blossom was out and the warm sunshine helped everyone think that the heavy downpours of […]

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Gardens by the Bay volunteering

24. February 2014

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I have just returned from an amazing horticultural experience in Singapore where I explored how this thriving city is greening its buildings and bringing the beauty and power of plants to Gardens by the Bay. Read what I said about volunteering at this futuristic garden and follow this blog for more updates on Singapore’s beautiful […]

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Environmental gardening in Singapore

19. January 2014

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Singapore is a city full of cutting edge design and horticultural delights with a unique and inspirational 101 acre park called Gardens by the Bay which opened in 2012. I am very excited to be volunteering in this amazing environmental space. Gardens by the Bay offers a cloud forest, heritage gardens, cool conservatories, tropical flowers, […]

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Mild UK autumn weather changes

17. November 2013

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It has been a glorious and almost never ending  Autumn with temperatures remaining roughly one degree higher than normal. Walking through Green Park in London I noticed that many trees still have very green leaves. Nature  paints a beautiful picture in Autumn and it has been wonderful to enjoy the sun and mild weather well […]

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October warmth good for flowers and trees

3. November 2013

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No sign of Mr Frost as yet here in Southern UK .Early statistics for October up to the 28th of the month suggest this October is likely to be one of the warmest in records dating back to 1910. Many  flowers have continued to bloom and my garden is  full of some beautiful flowers enjoying the […]

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UK Weather confuses gardeners

5. October 2013

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Gardening and weather are rather like a sandwich. The ingredients can often compliment each other but increasingly the weather is proving to leave a slightly bad taste for some gardeners. Following one of the coldest winters in 2012/13 when spring did not really arrive until at least end May, the UK has basked in a […]

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UK weather turns more extreme

29. September 2013

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Global trends identified by climate scientists suggest Britain will get more extreme rainfall, and wetter and warmer winters. Following the latest IPCC report the outlook for UKweather patterns is changing. Warmer, wetter winters and more extreme rainfall are what the UK can expect from climate change, meteorological experts warned on Friday. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/sep/27/climate-change-uk-weather-ipcc

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