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Gardens ‘can counter climate change’

Gardens can be used to counter the impact of climate change, particularly for people who live in built-up urban areas.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) notes that this will be a generally positive trend for city landscapes.

In order to raise awareness of this, the gardening charity is hosting an Environment exhibit at its forthcoming Chelsea Flower Show.

This could be a great source of inspiration for green-fingered Americans looking to make improvements to their own green spaces.

An enhanced knowledge of plant properties will be promoted, in addition to planting techniques and information on how garden design can make a significantly positive impact on the environment.

It is said that one of main ways to build on this is to boost the range of plant life that thrives outside the house, as biodiversity is the key to success, in addition to support for carbon dioxide capture.

Another area for consideration is how pollinating creatures such as bumblebees are attracted to the garden – so flowers should not be underestimated.

With this in mind, there will be a dedicated exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show hosted by the UK’s University of Leeds.

Experts will be on hand to offer advice on what people need to know and how they can make any relevant changes to their own gardens.

Topical problems such as how to provide refuge and safe havens for declining insect populations will also be highlighted, which is a particularly prominent concern in cities.

Getting out into the garden could also turn out to be a popular pastime for increasing numbers of city-dwellers, as trend spotter at the Garden Media Group Susan McCoy recently told the Vanguard that planting in these areas is becoming essential.

Furthermore, it is linked to a perception of living the “good life”, in which people hark back to country lifestyles without necessarily wanting to be away from the city.

“We recognise that urban gardens will continue to become more important as havens for wildlife in the face of increasing urbanisation, ever-more intensive farming and changes in climate,” commented head of science for the RHS Roger Williams.

“We hope that this year’s RHS Environment at the Chelsea Flower Show will inspire visitors and give them the knowledge to implement sustainable gardening techniques,” he continued, adding: “One of our aims is to continue to inform the changing perspective on urban greening.”

Indeed, it was noted this is possible regardless of how much or how little space the keen gardener has access to.