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The uncertain future for UK gardens

28. February 2011

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   In 1992, Tom Clarke became an apprentice gardener with the National Trust. He was a bright student, but he didn’t want to be stuck in an office job:he wanted to use his hands, and he lived the outdoors.He didn’t know exactly what he woudl be doing at the age of 35, some 17 years […]

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Winter ends in a month – hurray!

20. February 2011

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Winter ends in a month – hurray!

Anyone feel like the dark days and miserable weather is going on forever in the UK? What we need now is a burst of bright sun instead of rain and cloud to inspire creativity and action in the garden. Officially, there is still another month to go before winter ends: “Astronomically, the winter solstice, being […]

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UKs first climate week 21-27 March 2011

3. February 2011

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Climate Week is a new national event that aims to showcase the many positive steps being taken to combat climate change and inspire more. http://www.climateweek.com/about-us/faqs/

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Climate change belief weathers storms

1. February 2011

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The public’s belief in global warming as a man-made danger has weathered the storm of climate controversies and cold weather intact, according to a survey published in the Guardian yesterday. http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/jan/31/public-belief-climate-change

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RHS modernisation tackles climate change

24. January 2011

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The RHS has stated that one of  its prime objectives in the future  is to help gardeners become more environmentally sustainable. This welcome new direction is being promoted by its new Director General Sue Biggs: “Whether or not you accept climate change is man made there is lots of evidence that we have a more […]

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Top ten climate change apps

20. January 2011

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Ten ways to keep in touch with the changing climate on your mobile http://www.greenchipstocks.com/articles/top-10-climate-change-apps/1222

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Gardening in a changing climate – new book

9. January 2011

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Gardening in a changing climate – new book

If you have arrived at this blog then you are obviously interested in how our unpredictable weather is affecting the plants in our gardens.. Weather has always been the a challenge for gardening but in recent years the seasons have become blurred and no longer can we safely predict what type of weather to expect. […]

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Coldest uk december for 120 years

31. December 2010

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December was offically the coldest for 120 years. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/coldest-december-for-120-years-2173360.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12078425 Scientists are also suggesting that there may be more extreme winters like this as a result of global warming, They have established a link between the cold, snowy winters in Britain and melting sea ice in the Arctic and warn that long periods of freezing […]

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Why is it so cold?

23. December 2010

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Why is it so cold?

The Met office explains why the UK is gripped by freeeeeezing weather: “Normally, our winds come from the west keeping our winters relatively mild. However, during November (like last winter) we have seen a large area of high pressure develop in the Atlantic, causing a ‘block’ to the westerly winds that tend to keep us […]

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Snow in UK gardens

25. November 2010

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I have just returned from a glorious 3 week trip enjoying 28c in Australia and New Zealand to find the UK about to experience its first freeze of winter 2010. I think gardeners were hoping for a reprieve from the damaging affects of frost and cold after last winters artic conditions. Suppose that is the […]

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