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28. July 2017

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For the past ten years this blog has successfully used gardens & plants to communicate key climate change messages. Without doubt THE biggest challenge for communicating climate change effectively is how to engage people with this pressing local & global issue without using complicated scientific data or images of polar bears, melting ice caps and remote islands […]

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Climate change affecting seasons

18. April 2017

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A report published by the University of Southampton confirms that on average the end of Autumn is taking place later and Spring is starting earlier in the northern hemisphere. This has huge implications for UK , European and USA gardeners. The project was led by University of Southampton Professor of Geography Peter Atkinson, who worked […]

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How your garden can help beat climate change

17. April 2017

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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

2. March 2017

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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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Growing season in UK boosted by a month

17. August 2016

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Growing season in UK boosted by a month

The UK growing season for plants is longer than at any time since records began in 1772 extending the range of flowers and vegetables that can be grown successfully in the UK. http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/news/releases/2016/growing-season Six of the ten longest growing seasons have also occurred within the last 30 years During the last 10 years the ‘plant’ […]

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How do you garden in a changing climate?

15. August 2016

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Gardening and uncertain weather have always gone together but never more so now that extreme weather is bringing unpredictable seasons and shifting climate patterns to our private and public green spaces. How do you garden in a changing climate? Are you finding new ways to plant and manage your garden? Do you find the weather […]

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How to create a micro-climate in your garden

2. August 2016

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Growing bananas in the UK certainly takes on new heights when you see what a micro climate can produce. These 20 year old gigantic banana plants  remain outside in The Exotic Garden in Norwich during UK winters although, when the temperatures really drop, they are protected with fleece and straw. What exactly is a micro climate? A […]

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Near Future Garden highlights climate change at RHS Hampton Court 2016

7. July 2016

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Climate Gardens is delighted to announce that they have received an RHS Gold Medal for an environmental Conceptual Garden at the Hampton Court Flower Show this year. Near Future Garden encouraged visitors to observe climate change in their back gardens whilst thinking positively about how to improve their carbon foot-print. This innovative garden conveys the […]

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Gardening in a changing climate

3. January 2016

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Gardeners are at the front line of the battle to save our gardens and green spaces if the weather continues to change as predicted by the Met Office. http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate-guide/climate-change Here are some simple tips you can follow to help your garden  thrive in a changing climate: Choose wind and drought tolerant plants such as geranium, […]

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Will Giles – The Greatest Exotic Gardener

14. September 2015

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Will Giles was one of the greatest advocates for exotic gardening in the UK. Sadly Will is no longer with us but his vast experience and extensive knowledge of exotic gardening in the UK will live on forever. Will Giles was a leading pioneer for UK exotic gardening and to evidence his passion, he created an exceptional exotic garden in the heart of Norwich. Protected […]

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