Next Chelsea Flower Show to fo­cus on the cli­mate

Scottish Daily Mail - - Daily Mail Campaign - By En­vi­ron­ment Cor­re­spon­dent

THE CHELSEA Flower Show is to high­light how trees and plants can bat­tle cli­mate change, the Royal Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety re­vealed yes­ter­day.

Un­veil­ing the line-up of gar­den de­sign­ers for next May’s event, the RHS de­tailed how is­sues such as wood­land man­age­ment and flood preven­tion will come to the fore.

Joe Perkins, who won a gold medal for his gar­den at Chelsea this year, will fo­cus on the need to in­crease UK tree cover as the cli­mate changes.

Every struc­ture in his 2020 gar­den, Grow­ing the Fu­ture, will be made from tim­ber, in­clud­ing UK-sourced and re­cy­cled wood. ‘It’s about try­ing to open up the dis­cus­sion about... how re­silient trees are for us and our cities,’ he said.

Award-win­ning de­sign duo Hugo Bugg and Char­lotte Har­ris said their com­mu­nal res­i­den­tial gar­den’s plant­ing ‘will be led by look­ing at re­silient plants that are suit­able for the cli­mate chal­lenges of ur­ban spa­ces’.

Else­where, any car­bon emis­sions re­quired to make the Yeo Val­ley Or­ganic Gar­den will be off­set at the dairy com­pany’s farm in Som­er­set.

Rose Gore Browne, the RHS’s Chelsea show man­ager, said: ‘As gar­dens and hor­ti­cul­ture are key to help­ing com­bat cli­mate change, it is very en­cour­ag­ing to see a num­ber of gar­dens ad­dress­ing th­ese is­sues and more de­sign­ers and grow­ers adopt­ing suit­able prac­tices.’

‘Look­ing at re­silient plants’

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