The original inspiration for my websites about climate change gardening came from an impressive document produced in 2002 by the Royal Horticultural Society,the National Trust, English Heritage, the UK Climate Impacts programme and other environmental /horticultural organisations.
Entitled ” Gardening in the Global Greenhouse, the impact of climate change on our gardens”, it clearly sets out that our gardens are in trouble and face an uncertain future.It is an impressive document, covering the key issues that will concern anyone who gardens and is well worth the time to read through its impressive and very detailed 17 pages.
The introduction is by one of the UK’s most passionate gardeners , HRH Prince Charles, who poignantly expresses his concerns about the threat of climate change. I remember reading his powerful words for the first time and feeling very moved . Here are just a few lines that I am sure will make you want to read more:
“Almost all scientists now agree that the British climate is likely to change significantly in years to come. The precise nature of these changes is still uncertain, but it is both an alarming and sobering thought that some of the nation’s best loved gardens might become unsustainable due to changing climatic conditions”.
This report is currently being updated by the RHS who will shortly publish the results of an extensive horticultural study into the effects of changing weather conditions in UK gardens. To date they have released the following results from a survey about attitudes and understanding of climate change among their 470,000 members. http://climategardens.co.uk/news/Gardeners-best-placed-to-observe-climate-change