Gardens urged to work together to adapt to climate change

Plant collections must work together to adapt gardens for climate change, PlantNetwork chairman Matthew Jebb said at the group's conference last week.

The meeting of UK garden managers discussed the latest climate change predictions and immediate steps for adapting plant collections.

"We need a climate of reportage where plant and other phenological observations are shared to create an early warning system for collections," said Jebb. "We've heard many instances of unusual plant behaviour and death, but have disparate data collection systems. We need minimum data standards and more accessible records to inform management decisions."

The Forestry Commission is already evaluating the best location for its plant collections, based on observed vulnerability of species to changing prevailing weather and soil conditions, including collections at Westonbirt Arboretum and Bedgebury Pinetum.

Suggestions for data-sharing included local authorities, private record holders and more practical experimentation among gardens.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

Sargent's solutions - how to avoid the traps of 'professional non-payers'

Sargent's solutions - how to avoid the traps of 'professional non-payers'

Be wary of unscrupulous clients who may look for loopholes to avoid settling up at the end of a job, Alan Sargent warns.

Opinion... A wish list for unblinkered thinking

Opinion... A wish list for unblinkered thinking

Opinion... A wish list for unblinkered thinking

Opinion... A wish list for unblinkered thinking

Generations of ordinary British people have been let down by weak, visionless leaders -- politicians more engaged by the next election than our national best interest.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Horticulture Week Custodian Awards

Products & Kit Resources