When climate change-overwhelm & frustration gets to you, & it does pretty much on a daily basis. Remember this positive fact.
Your garden, balcony or window box, however small, forms a network of gardening spaces. There are an estimated 24 million gardens in the U.K., that’s a lot of grass, trees & plants, all providing food & habitats for beneficial insects, bees, birds & wildlife in general …. & so much more!
The point is, our combined efforts, can make a difference to the fight against climate change.
But where to start?
Well, we gardeners are perfectly placed to get things done.
- We can plant trees to soak up carbon from the atmosphere & excess ground water during flash flooding.
- Plant hedges to provide shelter for birds instead of putting up fences.
- We can stop paving over the entire front garden, when permeable paving/gravel & plants around the edge would soak up rain-water … instead of directing it out onto the road.
I’m going to writing more about this topic every month, sharing thoughts, information & cheering you on with practical ideas.
The first one will be about planting trees. They help climate change by absorbing & storing carbon dioxide emissions, & whats more, autumn is the ideal time for tree planting.
Please a comment below & let me know what you do in your garden to combat climate change & what you’d like to hear more about on this topic.
You might like to have a look at this report by the Royal Horticultural Society. It’s brief & very readable ‘Gardening In A Changing Climate’
all photos: Jill Anderson