The climate forecast is much less straightforward than we thought in 2002, when we simply envisaged warmer temperatures.
The climate forecast is much less straightforward than we thought in 2002, when we simply envisaged warmer temperatures. We now know that extreme weather events are the most likely scenario for the UK, says the report. The impact of events such as flash floods and droughts is likely to be compounded by increasing housing pressure, so gardens will become more critical in providing services formerly delivered by the natural environment, like flood alleviation and the provision of wildlife habitats.
The new report, Gardening in a Changing Climate, has been written in collaboration with researchers from the Universities of Sheffield and Reading, and incorporates the results of an extensive survey of gardeners and interviews with industry professionals. Predictably, media stories about the report focused on the projected demise of the British lawn – but the actual report is a detailed and wide-ranging piece of research which covers not only how a changing climate may alter the gardens we can grow, but also how gardeners can help to mitigate climate change by, for instance, minimising their use of petrol-powered machinery and garden chemicals, making compost, and going peat-free.
Find out more and download the report at https://www.rhs.org.uk/science/gardening-in-a-changing-world/climate-change
Sign-up to the Kitchen Garden Magazine Newsletter
You can unsubscribe at any time.
About the Author
- Create a log pile for stag beetles and other wildlife - 21st June 2021
- JOIN THE BIG BUTTERFLY COUNT - 11th June 2021
- WATER SAVING WEEK MAY 17-22 2021: Save water and upgrade your houseplant carE - 11th June 2021