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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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Economists sprout green fingers

5. September 2013

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Economists sprout green fingers

  Gardening is a great antedote to stress – anyone feeling the financial strain might like to get their hands dirty and connect to their roots – or just read this article which appeared in The Economist magazine for inspiration. It captures everything I say about gardening in a changing climate. In particular, it confirms […]

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September Indian Summer for RHS Flower Show

2. September 2013

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September has begun with glorious sunshine and the promise of very warm temperatures this week across Southern England . Highs of 77F to 78F (25 to 26C) are expected across the country on Monday and the south east is likely to see that rise to 82F or 28c on Thursday.Although showers due from Friday it […]

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Climate change seeds saved for future crops

23. July 2013

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An international operation has been launched to save seeds from wild plants which scientists believe will be crucial in protecting crops from the potentially devastating impact of climate change. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23410177?print=true How best to feed a growing population in a changing climate is fiercely debated with many new and emerging research fields hoping to provide a […]

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Heatwave and drought challenge flora & wildlife

20. July 2013

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While many of us are enjoying the heatwave, naturalists have urged the British public to help wildlife struggling to survive as water and food supplies have dwindled in the heat. After six consecutive days of 30C-plus temperatures and with rainfall at only around 15% of average monthly totals so far, wardens at The Lodge in Sandy, an RSPB nature […]

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Heatwave gardening

18. July 2013

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With the UK currently experiencing its hottest July for many many years there is increased pressure on our gardens to suvive the extreme temperatures that have reached up to 33c in some areas of UK. Lawns are really struggling in the exceptionally dry weather but it is important to remember that they will survive and […]

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Hottest day of year – great for gardeners and tennis

7. July 2013

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Forecasters predict 30C in London and South East today. Britain is preparing itself for the hottest weather of the year, with tennis fans and players set for sweltering conditions at the Wimbledon finals. The warm weather is expected to continue for between seven to 10 days, according to the Met Office as the current high […]

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Ten years of bad summers

23. June 2013

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Britain has a higher chance of wet summers for the next ten years, the Met Office has predicted. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/10128658/Run-of-wet-summers-could-last-another-10-years.html Predictions are that more rain and wind over the next few “summer” months suggests that the 2013 British summer will be another wash out  for UK gardeners and gardens. Six of the last seven summers have […]

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Jet stream and climate changes

19. June 2013

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Weather and climate experts from across the UK came together at the Met Office’s HQ in Exeter  for a workshop to discuss the recent run of unusual seasons in Europe. Professor Stephen Belcher, Head of the Met Office Hadley Centre and chair of the meeting, said: “Ultimately what we’ve seen in each of these seasons is […]

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National Gardens Festival Weekend 2013

15. June 2013

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Private gardens across England and Wales will open their gates to the public during 15-16 June for the first ever National Gardens Festival Weekend Which garden will YOU be visiting this weekend?  www.ngs.org.uk/festivalmap2013.htm   Set to be the largest garden visiting event in history, with 800 openings planned over the two days, the Festival is being organised by […]

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