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A Survey By Gardening.co.uk Backs Up Claims That Climate Change Is Affecting UK Gardens

A survey on climate change conducted by www.gardening.co.uk (the online home of Gardens Monthly magazine) has revealed that 72% of gardeners have experienced global warming in their own backyards.

The findings show that out of all the gardeners surveyed, 47% have noticed changes to the first and last frost date, 58% have seen more plants thriving in winter, 31% need to mow their lawn more frequently and 14% have noticed more shrubs and trees dying for no apparent reason.

“Although gardeners are able to grow vegetables and plants they couldn’t grow before,” says Sarah Brocklehurst, website editor of Gardening.co.uk, “climate change is clearly affecting the way we garden. Many gardeners surveyed are having trouble with the increase in unwanted pests and prolific weeds; in this case dandelions and bindweed are the top culprits, and things are set to get worse”

The research also highlighted a growing amount of eco-gardeners with 89% recycling their garden and household waste and 54% claiming they are organic gardeners.

With more than 85%* of the UK population owning a garden, climate change looks set to have an increasing impact on our own back gardens.

‘Gardening.co.uk will continue to monitor the effects of climate change in this country and advise gardeners on how to adapt to the changes, whether that means coping with extreme drought or excessive wet,’ added Sarah Brocklehurst. ‘I’m very interested to see how the rest of this year pans out weather-wise. There have already been some interesting and concerning stories about flooding on the Gardening.co.uk’s website forum

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*Results are taken from a survey of 203 visitors to www.gardening.co.uk
in July 2007.

*The English national survey of housing, undertaken by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister found that 85% of households had a garden and a further 6% had a patio, terrace or balcony.

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