Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Make Plans So You Don't Lose the Plot

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Make Plans So You Don't Lose the Plot

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Byline: By Tony Henderson

How climate change may affect North growers will be highlighted today.

Longframlington Gardens and Nursery in Northumberland has installed a series of panels throughout the site which encourage visitors to think about the issue.

They will be unveiled today by Berwick MP Alan Beith.

Longframlington head gardener Mike Whatmore says: "Most of the information available has tended to concentrate on the effects of climate change on the south of England.

"The message appears to be that as long as we plant drought tolerant species in raised beds with free draining soil, everything else will be okay.

"In reality the effects of climate change are less predictable but changes in weather patterns will affect the breaking of plant dormancy, time of flowering and interaction with insects, of that we can be sure.

"These will have wide ranging implications for gardens and countryside alike."

Mike, from Crawcrook in Gateshead who trained at Kew Gardens and lectured at Houghall College in Durham, wants gardeners to look beyond their plots to how they can help birds, plants, insects and other wildlife in the wider countryside.

He says that with summer hosepipe bans likely, gardeners in the region will have to conserve water and retain moisture in the soil by mulching and producing their own compost.

Factors which they will have to take into account include early flowering in mild spells in late winter, with the dangers of plants being hit by frosts or blooming out of synch with emerging pollinating insects.

"Grass and some hedges could grow throughout the year and weeding could be a year-round chore," he says.

"A lot of weeds could reproduce quicker and get in an extra generation in a year."

Wetter, milder winters could also see year-round activity by slugs, snails and other garden pests and an increase in rotting and fungal infections among bulbs. …

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