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Planting and growing in a changing world

Living with climate change means we can expect hotter temperatures, with more intense storms. The changing weather will bring big changes in parks and gardens.

New plants for parks and gardens will need to cope with long periods of drought and wet spells when the ground is waterlogged. In future you will see more rain gardens (like this one) with plants that can survive floods. You will also see more gravel gardens, with plants that can survive long dry spells. New trees will be smaller varieties that are less likely to blow over in high winds.

Parks and gardens will be even more important, as a place to relax and unwind for people and a place to feed and shelter for wildlife. There will be more shady areas where people can take a break in hot weather and more areas with wildlife-friendly native plants and trees.

The way we garden will change too. Processing tap water, making and transporting heavy compost and transporting plants to garden centres all take a lot of energy and result in high levels of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere. Gardeners in parks and at home will reduce their impact on climate change by collecting rainwater in water butts, making their own compost and growing more plants from seeds and cuttings.