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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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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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RHS gardens in a changing climate

7. April 2014

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                                                On April 1st I attended the RHS Spring Fair in London on a beautiful sunny day.  The blossom was out and the warm sunshine helped everyone think that the heavy downpours of […]

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Extreme UK weather greets 2014

5. January 2014

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Only 5 days into 2014 and the weather again delivers some extreme events. No matter how much we think that we can control our environment it is and always will be at the mercy of Mother Nature.Increasingly so as climate change makes periods of  extreme and weird weather occur more frequently. The Met Office reports […]

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Mild UK autumn weather changes

17. November 2013

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It has been a glorious and almost never ending  Autumn with temperatures remaining roughly one degree higher than normal. Walking through Green Park in London I noticed that many trees still have very green leaves. Nature  paints a beautiful picture in Autumn and it has been wonderful to enjoy the sun and mild weather well […]

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Worst weather since 1987 storm

26. October 2013

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  Weather forecasters are warning of stormy conditions in England and Wales on Sunday night and Monday even though today has been an amazing warm and sunny day here on the south coast. Many flowers are having a late flowering including these roses which seem to think it is mid summer still with their full […]

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Wild about gardens

24. October 2013

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Friday 25th October sees the launch of  Wild About Gardens – a joint initiative by the RHS and The Wildlife Trust to encourage people to support local biodiversity in their gardens. In May, the State of Nature report, compiled by 25 wildlife organisations, found that 60 percent of the 3,148 UK animal and plant species assessed have […]

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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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