How is Near Future Garden inspiring change?
One of the key visions for NFG was to encourage visitors to limit their carbon foot print in their gardens and homes.
All of the plants on Near Future Garden at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2016 were planted in peat free soil using 100% Enriched Biochar from Carbon Gold.
Carbon Gold estimate that if we increase by 4% (0.4%) a year the quantity of carbon in soils, we can halt the annual increase in C02 in the atmosphere, which is a major contributor to the greenhouse effect and climate change.
What is enriched biochar?
Biochar is a carbon rich form of charcoal, specifically designed as an application to soil offering long-term benefits, whilst improving plant health. Because of its moisture retaining qualities, Biochar is a very stable substance that is not broken down in soils.
Often called ‘the oldest new thing you’ve never heard of”, enriched Biochar originates from ancient Amazonian civilisations who made a primitive type of biochar and added it to their land to grow food in inhospitable soils. The result was a rich and fertile black earth – or ‘terra preta’ – with a high carbon content, which is still evident today.
Why use Biochar?
Over the past few years, gardeners have been dealing with the effects of extreme weather on a daily basis. Increasingly wetter gardens often caused by floods in the winter followed by longer periods of drought over longer, hotter summers are presenting new challenges. This in turn effects the quality of the plants and flowers we can grow and, most importantly, the long term content of our soils.
Carbon Gold’s Enriched Biochar has a unique biological structure that enables it to speed up plant establishment and root growth, by increasing nutrient uptake, whilst also retaining moisture and expanding microbial populations. Enriched Biochar is proven to increase the health and resilience of trees, shrubs, flowers, fruit and veg. All this results in increased vitality and reduced loss of our beloved plants.
Managing Future Carbon
Another key reason that Near Future Garden has chosen Enriched Biochar is that it is a simple form of carbon sequestration. It is made from any waste woody biomass that has been charred at a low temperature with a restricted supply of oxygen, a process called pyrolysis. This process results in a stable form of carbon that is removed from the atmospheric carbon cycle when added as a soil amendment.
As a highly porous, high carbon form of charcoal, Biochar not only improves soil structure, enhances soil fertility and boosts soil health but most importantly assists with locking away atmospheric carbon dioxide for hundreds of years.
Using carbon Enriched Biochar can help your soil become more resilient and limit your carbon foot-print
The Carbon Gold Enriched Biochar range contains mycorrhizal fungi, seaweed and wormcasts to increase trace minerals, and good bacteria to maximise nutrient uptake. It includes Soil Association approved GroChar composts, fertiliser and soil improver and scientifically endorsed tree care products.
These unique products have received endorsements from many well known garden designers who share their growing experiences of Enriched Biochar.
A Renewable Future
Everyone can reduce their carbon footprint by using the natural elements of the sun, wind and water . These free energies help to create our beautiful gardens and they can also power our homes by simply switching to a renewable energy supplier like Good Energy.
The UK has an abundance of natural wind energy that it can harness to power a renewable future. The power of the wind is captured by turbines located both onshore and out at sea to generate renewable electricity – the UK’s leading source of homegrown energy.
In fact, the UK is blessed with the most wind resource in the whole of Europe, and is therefore perfectly positioned for a thriving wind energy industry.
Juliet Davenport, Founder and CEO of Good Energy, one of the UK’s first entirely renewable electricity supplier and generator companies, donated her footprints to Near Future Garden.
“Near Future Garden is both beautiful and mindful of the issues we need to face.”