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Gardening becoming a challenge due to climate change

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Climate change in the UK is making gardening ventures more and more difficult, reports rhs.org.uk.

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Climate change in the UK is making gardening ventures more and more difficult, reports rhs.org.uk. The Met Office's chief scientist Professor Julia Slingo, who is responsible for scientific research and development, according to metoffice.gov.uk, claimed the trend towards milder weather in Britain is exposing plants to 'greater risks', while heavy rainfall also poses a distinct threat. She explained that while the growing season has been extended by a month or more due to milder conditions in February and March, this change exposes plants to higher risks from frost. Furthermore, even though there is no sign of average annual rainfall changes in the UK, there has been a higher number of days with extreme or heavy rain. While those with garden rooms can take shelter during a sudden downpour, others may not be so lucky - and this trend of variable climates is set to continue. Slingo commented on the conditions: "Gardening in the UK has always been challenging because of our volatile climate and we have learned to work with it. That has always been the case and it will remain that way in the future. "However, we have already seen changes in our climate and we can expect more in the future. It's fair to say gardening in the UK is getting that bit harder," she added.

Author:

Ashley Curtis

27th November 2012