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Gardening & Growing in a Changing Climate

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What do changes in the climate mean for your garden, and what can you do to adapt for the future?

Get the answers from national expert Dr Ross Cameron at this year’s annual guest lecture by Cumbria Action for Sustainability. Dr Cameron is a co-author of the Royal Horticultural Society report Gardening in a Changing Climate, just published this spring. He’s also one of the team behind the climate change garden at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, as featured on Gardeners’ World on Fri 9 June (40mins, 30secs).

Keen gardeners and growers will probably have noticed the effects of changes in the climate… the growing season is getting longer, there are more wet and dry spells, less cloud cover, more pests.

Perhaps you’re able to grow things now in Cumbria that wouldn’t have grown here a decade or two ago, while other plants are doing less well. Maybe you’re having to water your plants more often, or cope with water logging and damage during times of heavy rainfall.

Climate change presents both opportunities and challenges in the garden and veg patch. Dr Cameron will give you a good overview of the changes that have been tracked in gardens around the UK in recent years, and how gardeners could adapt for the future.

But adapting to the changing climate is just one part of the picture. You’ll also hear how gardeners can tackle some of the impacts of climate change – by managing their gardens in a way that alleviates flooding, for example.

And you’ll learn how gardeners can be part of global efforts to prevent climate change from reaching damaging levels, using their gardens to capture carbon.

Cumbrian view

Find out how gardens here in Cumbria have been affected by changes in the climate, with a short talk by Chris Braithwaite from the National Trust. Chris will share his observations from many years of hands-on experience as the head gardener at the Trust’s Acorn Bank estate near Penrith.

CAfS AGM

You’re also welcome to attend the formal AGM meeting of CAfS at 6pm. If you’d like to attend this part of the evening, please email office@cafs.org.uk to book your place. To book for the public talks, please register here on Eventbrite.

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Dr Ross Cameron

Dr Cameron is Senior Lecturer Landscape Management, Ecology & Design at the University of Sheffield. His current research interests centre around green infrastructure and climate change mitigation. He is currently supervising PhD projects on improving the thermal performance of buildings through plant selection – for example, on green walls and roofs.

His recent studies include investigations into Mediterranean species that tolerate winter flooding, and how warmer autumns affect development of young ornamental trees.

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Chris Braithwaite

Chris has wide-ranging experience as a gardener, fruit and vegetable grower and landscape manager/ranger for the National Trust. Chris has been custodian of Acorn Bank’s gardens and grounds for more than two decades. The property is famous for its herb garden (boasting the largest collection of culinary and medicinal herbs of any Trust property) and for its varied orchard and walled gardens.

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