Royal Horticultural Society
The RHS aims to enrich everyone’s life through plants and make the UK a greener, more beautiful place.
With over 460,000 members, the RHS is the UK’s leading gardening charity and manages four public gardens which receive 1.76 million visitors a year.
RHS Wisley in Surrey receives one million visitors a year.
Gardening in a changing climate
A key function of the RHS is investing in scientific research which includes how a changing climate is having a major impact on the way we garden. They are investigating ways in which UK gardeners can manage these changes through the invaluable work that is carried out by the RHS Science Department.
Confronting the threats to gardens from climate change and the impact of new pests and diseases are among the key objectives of the new Science Strategy, which was unveiled on 29 October 2015 during the annual RHS John MacLeod Lecture. The five-year plan of action focuses on ensuring that the UK’s 27 million gardeners have the tools they will need to address the new horticultural and societal challenges they will face in the future.
The Science Department at RHS Wisley is currently working on a number of projects around the impacts of climate change. In collaboration with the University of Reading, the RHS is exploring how plants can help to reduce urban temperatures. They are also looking at how plants can help insulate buildings and which plants are best to use for green roofs.
A recent addition to the RHS Science team is Eleanor Webster, a Climate Scientist which confirms the RHS commitment to delivering research based and practical advice about how to garden in a changing climate.
In 2017 Eleanor will launch an important new RHS report that focuses on how gardeners can adapt to climate change in their gardens.
Gardening in the Global Greenhouse is the scientific report linked to a previous survey carried out by the RHS which established that 86% of gardeners believe climate change is happening and arealready taking action to adapt to climatic changes in their gardens.
Eleanor donated her footprints to be included on Near Future Garden along with other Climate Champions:
“Near Future Garden is an example of how an individual can help mitigate the effects of climate change that both current and future generations will have to contend with.
My research background is related to the implications of climate change on a variety of ecosystems and I am now applying this knowledge as part of my role as Climate Scientist for the RHS.I donated my footprints to Near Future Garden because I believe that raising awareness of climate change research is important in securing a sustainable future.”
Visit the RHS website for more information about Gardening in a Changing Climate