Next Chelsea Flower Show to focus on the climate
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’