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Climate change not so rosy for gardens

Words: Huw Morris

Climate change could lead to a North-South divide for UK gardens and green spaces, with synthetic grass becoming a common feature because of rising temperatures and more frequent droughts.

Gardens in the South-East and East Anglia will switch to artificial grass in response warmer and drier weather. Areas to the north of Northampton, with wetter and cooler weather, will see an extended growing season. Raised beds may also be needed to protect plants from being flooded.

Grass will be replaced in West Country areas by woodland and shrubs owing to demands of having to move all year round as winters become milder.

The predictions by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) are based on input from the Universities of Sheffield, Reading and Coventry alongside the Met Office.

“The threat to our gardens and green spaces from climate change is very real and is happening now,” said RHS climate scientist Eleanor Webster. “It is vitally important that gardeners have the information they will need to confront and adapt to the new challenges and that policy-makers prioritise the importance of maintaining green spaces.”

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