You may have noticed that our seasons are becoming confused and increasingly unpredictable. If you have a garden you will regularly observe the effects of unseasonal and extreme weather on plants and wildlife. The good news is that your garden can help to combat these changes – particularly if they are in the city as gardens now account for almost half of the UK’s urban green space.
The RHS is promoting the ways in which our gardens help keep the planet green and healthy.They have sent a strong message to Britain’s gardeners that the humble urban backyard plays a vital environmental and ecological role in our present and future lives. Keen horticulturalists have always suspected this is true, but for the first time, the RHS has brought together all the published evidence in a scientific review entitled Gardening Matters: Urban Gardens. This invaluable document covers key areas major concern as cities expand and the global climate shifts including:
What is the value of gardens in urban areas? Do gardens sustain our cities?
To establish the facts, the RHS scientists undertook an examination of all the available evidence from published research around the world reveal the remarkable depth and range of benefits that gardens provide in urban areas. Here is a brief summary of four key areas in which our gardens can also make a difference to our changing climate:
* They help control urban temperatures, mitigating the effects of extreme heat and cold.
* They prevent flooding by absorbing rainwater that would otherwise overload drainage systems.
*They have effectively become some of Britain’s best nature reserves, supporting a range of wildlife including birds, mammals and invertebrates.
*They support human health by easing stress and providing physical exercise
The full report makes for very interesting reading and highlights how the RHS is determinated to help gardeners adapt to changing environments and climatic conditions both now and in the future. http://www.rhs.org.uk/science/pdf/climate-and-sustainability/urban-greening/gardening-matters-urban-greening
Gardens are one of the most precious legacies that we can leave for future generations.Time to prepare our gardens and the young people who will manage these gardens in the future for uncertain climatic conditions.