Your views on climate change and gardening

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(Royal Horticultural Society and the University of Reading)

The Survey is Now Closed – We have exceeded our target of 1000 responses

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You are invited to take part in a research study. Before you decide whether or not to take part, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully. Those that take part and wish to leave their contact details will be entered in a draw to win one of two pairs of tickets to Hampton Court or Tatton Park flower shows.

Dr Claudia Bernardini at the RHS Wisley

Dr Claudia Bernardini at the RHS Wisley

In 2002 the Royal Horticultural Society published a report ‘Gardening in a Global Greenhouse’, which discussed potential challenges that gardens and gardeners in the UK were likely to face based upon climate change predictions. Ten years later, new climate projections indicate that climate change might affect gardens and gardening in a way which is different from what previously predicted.

In order to support UK gardens, gardeners and the horticulture industry, the RHS and the UoR are assessing the consequences of a changing climate, based on the latest climate models, which will be subsequently published a new report.

As part of the research, a survey across the gardening and horticulture sector is being conducted in order to investigate which factors are relevant for all the gardening parties in order to adapt to climatic changes.

To contribute your views please Take the Survey.  You should read the Information for Participants (Right click to download) before starting the survey.

The survey closed on 7th June 2013.

If you wish to promote this survey please link direct to this blog page which contains essential background information, has a stable URL ( and will be updated with news as the project progresses.   Please help by promoting this survey.

The outcome of the study will inform the new report and new adaptation strategies in gardening practices in the UK.

There is a bewildering amount of information about climate change in the media and on internet blogs etc. and so it’s important to come back to what the objective, scientific evidence shows. You can find out more about climate change and the research we do at the University  by visiting the Walker Institute web pages.

Find our survey on the BGCI websiteGrass Free LawnsShoot Gardening Facebook Site and Old School Garden blog.

There is a lot of interest on the impact of climate change on UK Gardens.  The Plantlightly blog offers some interesting comments on climate change gardening from an organic growing perspective. Quite a discussion has developed on allotments4all following the posting of our survey. One of the longer running blogs on climate change and gardening is My Climate Change Garden.

Data from the new IPCC reports are now being incorporated into our work. We are expecting to launch our report in 2014.


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