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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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IKEA sells solar panels

30. September 2013

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The world’s leading furniture retailer Ikea said today it had started selling solar panels in its British stores. “It’s a logical extension. You can buy everything that consumes energy (at Ikea) so why not buy something that generates energy,” said the company’s chief sustainability officer, Steve Howard. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/sep/30/ikea-sell-solar-panels-uk-stores

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How to Look after your lawn as climate shifts

30. September 2013

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36% GARDENERS REPORT THAT THEIR LAWNS GROW ALL YEAR 44% GARDENERS NOW MOW LAWNS A MONTH EARLIER IN SPRING (WRAP May 2007) Our poor lawns just do not know what is going on! Summer 2006 they were dry and parched from  drought. Summer 2007 they experienced monsoon conditions. Summer 2011 and 12  delivered a mix […]

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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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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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Warmest and driest UK summer since 2006

2. September 2013

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Provisional Met Office statistics for this summer (June, July and August) show that this year has seen the warmest, driest and sunniest summer since 2006. In terms of rainfall, the estimate suggests about 189 mm of rain – which is 78 % of the UK average, making this the driest summer since 2006 and ranking […]

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July 2013 third warmest since 1910,

14. August 2013

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Met Office figures show that, with a mean temperature of 17 °C, July 2013 was the third warmest in the national record going back to 1910, behind 2006 (17.8 °C) and 1983 (17.3 °C). Much of this weather can be attributed to the movement of the jet stream which spent most of the month to […]

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How Britain’s gardeners are coping with hot summer

8. August 2013

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As UK summer temperatures stay high in the UK and gardens experience long sunny days with little rain there is much horticultural chat about the effects of this beautiful weather on UK gardens. Leading garden designers have expressed their thoughts and experiences in this fascinating article about the weather and gardening. I like this quote […]

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Summer solar power

5. August 2013

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  This wonderfully warm UK summer is not just a  great boost for our gardens but  the solar power market is really heating up. Long sunny spells and a surge in people installing PV panels has resulted in record level of solar power generation. The Met Office said it was too early to say whether […]

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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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