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What is sustainable gardening?

20. June 2015

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Gardeners are the custodians of the UK’s 27 million parks and gardens and have a responsibility to make sure that we look after them in a responsible and environmental way – hence the phrase sustainable gardening. Sustainable gardening is the concept of using garden practices to maintain a garden so that natural resources (such as […]

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Greening Grey Britain – new RHS gardening campaign

31. May 2015

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The RHS is the UK’s leading gardening charity and it was established to share the best in gardening. The RHS is driven by a simple love of plants and the belief that gardeners make the world a better place. The RHS latest campaign launched at Easter 2015 with a three-year target to transform 6,000 unloved […]

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How climate change might affect our bees

1. May 2015

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Climate change has serious implications for bees.An article by Mark Patterson, Forage Officer at the London Beekeepers Association explains how extreme weather can affect their survival. What is climate change and what are the issues around it? To understand how climate change will potentially affect our pollinators we first must ask ‘what is climate change?’  Simply put […]

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How London could become a national park

13. November 2014

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47 per cent of London is green space: Is it time for the capital to become a national park?   Daniel Raven-Ellison is a guerrilla geographer, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and a man on a mission. Working with students at Queen Mary University, Daniel inspires engagement with the world around them  and creates opportunities to […]

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Climate Change in my back garden

1. November 2014

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Summer has lasted forever in the UK and extended into Autumn with beautiful mild temperatures lasting to the end of October. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29851285 Long days of glorious sunshine have without doubt extended the growing season  in my garden. Still enjoying a beautiful floral display with blue plumbago mixed with one of my favourite plants this summer  – […]

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Sunshine boost for September UK gardens

3. September 2014

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          Autumn has officially arrived in the UK but the weather is still in summer mode with glorious sunshine all this week and temperatures reaching up to 22c. Although many gardens start to loose their colour and form, Will Giles Exotic Garden in Norwich still looks wonderful with  huge exotic plants and flowers . Open […]

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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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Sizzling summer brings water challenges to gardens

27. July 2014

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Gardeners probably have mixed views on whether the current heatwave continuing into August is good or bad for their plants.http://www.theweatheroutlook.com/twoother/latest.aspx Endless sunshine and soaring temperatures may encourage flowers to keep blooming but keeping your garden watered and preventing the plants from wilting can prove to be an ongoing challenge. Less than 3 percent of the annual […]

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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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