RHS report says gardens reduce urban warming effect

The RHS will release a report, Gardening Matters: Urban gardens that will confirm "the vital role that gardens play in reducing city warming" next week at Chelsea Flower Show.

Lead author Dr Tijana Blanusa will explain the findings of the report, which "brings together, for the first time, UK and international research into how gardens affect the air temperatures of towns and cities.

"The report shows how important urban gardens are at reducing temperatures but also that they provide a range of other benefits", the RHS said.

Results quoted in the report prove that plants bring down energy consumption in winter by providing shelter and insulation; cool the air in towns and cities in the summer; help reduce the risk of flooding by absorbing rain water through soil and support increased biodiversity, the RHS added.


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