RHS Gardening in a changing climate

A report was launched in 2017 by the RHS to help gardeners to adapt to climate change as the seasons shift and UK weather becomes more extreme.

The report was written in collaboration with researchers from the University of Sheffield and University of Reading. The report presented the results of an extensive survey of amateur gardeners and interviews with industry professionals. It highlighted the importance of gardens in terms of their interaction with the natural environment and provided recommendations on how gardeners can adapt to climate change through plant choice and garden design. The report also outlined ways in which gardeners can manage their garden to enhance carbon sequestration and flood alleviation.

Since the 2002 publication of the RHS report looking at the impact of climate change on gardening, Gardening in a Global Greenhouse, the global climate has undergone dramatic change, with 2016 proving to be the warmest year on record.

Today, confidence in global climate models has increased and we now know that extreme weather events are the most likely conditions to be experienced by the UK. The impact of these events, such as flash flooding and periods of drought, is likely to be compounded by increased housing pressure, meaning that gardens will become more critical in providing services formerly delivered by the natural environment – services such as flood alleviation, carbon sequestration and the provision of habitats for wildlife – that will be lost to development.

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I am not an experienced gardener - more of an enthusiastic amateur who learns by trial and error and is keen to "manage" the effects of the weather on my garden. Writing this blog is my passion and I hope that it will continue to grow, allowing global gardeners to communicate about the effects of climate change on our plants and the future of our gardens.

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. Labeyrie Says:

    I just discovered your blog. Felicitations! Having worked for 40 years on climate change, now retired, I feel very important tha

  2. Labeyrie Says:

    that gardeners do exchange observations and experience for emphasing the role of gardens for education on climate change, biodiversity reservoir, “local source of pleasure” and test for plants adaptation for future climate channges, risks of disequilibrium (development of invasive species) etc..
    I develop with my wife in coastal southern Brittany an experimental salvia collection to get information on these points

  3. Marie Says:

    It’s so true that the changing climate is having an impact on our gardens. Anyway, thanks for sharing this article!

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