What can I do about climate change in my garden?

However small or large your garden is, there’s lots you can do to help combat the causes and effects of climate breakdown.

Gardens are set to become increasingly important in the future. They’re great for human health and wellbeing, they can help maintain biodiversity and they can even remove carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere. Here are simple ways you can maximise their benefits:




What can I do about climate change in my garden? / RHS Gardening

RHS Director of Science and Collections, Professor Alistair Griffiths, says: “Collectively, the actions of each and every one of our nation’s 30 million gardeners can create positive change and help us adapt to and mitigate against the climate crisis and help to reverse the biodiversity crisis”.

“We are not underestimating the mountain of things we all have to do to change our behaviours individually, but we are calling on government, industry, influencers, communities and individuals to recognise that gardening and growing plants more sustainably can play a major role – and it is something we can all do, either on a window sill, in our own gardens or with a community gardening group.”

Only 19% of UK gardeners say they have specifically adopted sustainable gardening principles such as conserving water, making their own compost and reducing fossil fuel usage. The transition to peat-free gardening shows people are willing to change their habits. Almost a quarter of gardeners (36%) who currently don’t make compost say they would consider doing so if the council provided free or subsidized compost bins.

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- who has written 872 posts on My Climate Change Garden.

I am not an experienced gardener - more of an enthusiastic amateur who learns by trial and error and who is keen to "manage" the effects of shifting weather patterns on my garden. Writing this blog is my passion and it has evolved over 12 years to inspire engagement with climate change outside our back doors, in our personal gardens and green spaces. My mission is to fertilise and expand this platform to grow a community of global gardeners communicating about the effects of climate change on our plants and exploring how each individual can make small changes in our lives to become more sustainable. The future of our gardens and #OurPlanet is in our hands - please plant your own seeds for our collective sustainable future.

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