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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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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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Heatwave and drought challenge flora & wildlife

20. July 2013

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While many of us are enjoying the heatwave, naturalists have urged the British public to help wildlife struggling to survive as water and food supplies have dwindled in the heat. After six consecutive days of 30C-plus temperatures and with rainfall at only around 15% of average monthly totals so far, wardens at The Lodge in Sandy, an RSPB nature […]

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Driest July since records began

19. July 2013

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Britain is sizzling! Everywhere is feeling the heat and the country is officially having a heatwave as it has experienced a full week of temperatures over 30c. The World Meteorological Organization’s definition of a heatwave is when temperatures are over 5C (9F) above average for five days in a row After a washout summer in […]

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Heatwave gardening

18. July 2013

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With the UK currently experiencing its hottest July for many many years there is increased pressure on our gardens to suvive the extreme temperatures that have reached up to 33c in some areas of UK. Lawns are really struggling in the exceptionally dry weather but it is important to remember that they will survive and […]

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