Climate Gardens evolved from myclimatechangegarden.com, a blog that has been researched and written since 2008 by Deborah Scott Anderson.
My Climate Change Garden receives 50,000 global hits a year and is ranked first by Google for climate change and gardening - above the RHS, BBC and the National Trust. It has established a new horticultural concept called Climate Change Gardening being considered for Wikipedia listing.
My Climate Change Garden takes its original inspiration from an impressive document produced in 2002 by the Royal Horticultural Society, the National Trust, English Heritage and the UK Climate Impacts Programme. Entitledhttp://www.ukcip.org.uk/wordpress/wp-content/PDFs/Gardens_summary.pdf it clearly set out that our gardens are in trouble and face an uncertain future. It is an impressive document of 17 pages covering the key issues that will concern anyone who gardens.
The introduction was by one of the UK’s most passionate gardeners , HRH Prince Charles, who poignantly expresses his concerns about the threat of climate change:
“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”.
Since the 2002 publication of this report, the global climate has undergone very dramatic change, with 2016 proving to be the warmest year on record.
Today, confidence in global climate models has increased and so too have extreme weather events. 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.
Climate Gardens and the RHS
For the past ten years Climate Gardens has collaborated with the Royal Horticultural Society to raise the issue of climate change higher up their gardening agenda.
In April 2017 the RHS published new research about Gardening in a Changing World. The organisation is using their influence to communicate effective climate change messages to gardeners and to encourage them to mitigate climate change in their homes and gardens.
Climate Change affects 27 million gardeners in their gardens on a daily basis as the growing season has lengthed by 29 days over the past 10 years.
The climatic future is uncertain and gardens help us to reflect on the change needed for a renewable future.