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Snowy Weather Returns To Britain After Week Of Rain

The arrival of longer, brighter days and a spell – however short – of sunny weather has lulled most of us into the false belief that spring is on its way. However, winter is very much sticking around for a while longer, with some areas of the UK set to face yet more snow. Heavy downpours have been experienced in many places this week, despite the Met Office recording the highest February temperature just a few days ago. On February 25th, mercury levels reached 20.6C in Trawsgoed, Wales, beating the previous high of 19.7C in Greenwich, London, on February 13th 1998. However, our early spring was not to last, as Britain suffered from the impact of Storm Freya just a few days later. Severe yellow weather warnings were issued across the UK,...

8 Top Gardening Tips To Help Encourage Insects

Keen gardeners out there may well have noticed a decline in insect numbers in their backyards over the last few years, with research papers showing that we could well now be facing an insect armageddon if we’re not careful. Last year, a study carried out by Radboud University in the Netherlands found that the number of flying insects has dropped by three-quarters in the last 25 years, the Guardian reported at the time. The cause of this is as yet unknown, although it’s thought that the prevalent use of pesticides and the destruction of wild habitats, as well as climate change, may be the most likely factors. So what can gardeners do to help boost the insect numbers in their local areal? First of all,...

Younger Generation ‘Embracing Gardening’

Gardening was long seen as a hobby for those who had retired. However, now it appears that the younger generation are embracing their outdoor spaces and doing more to make them places they can enjoy in their downtime. US paper the Reading Eagle revealed that many working in the gardening sector have noticed a shift in the demographic of people buying plants, and looking for assistance with their outdoor spaces. Linda McLeod-Connelly, co-owner of Connelly Lawn and Garden, told the news provider that she has seen the age range of her customers shift dramatically. More young people are now seeking help with the maintenance of their gardens. Ms McLeod-Connelly believes this is partly because they’re working longer hours than older generations, and therefore have less time to carry out chores like mowing the lawn or...

More Brits Are Using Gardens To Create Extra Living Space

Many homeowners who are lucky enough to have an outdoor area love their greenery. However, there are a lot of people who are taking advantage of this additional land by building annexes to provide extra living space. So popular is the thought of building extra rooms in gardens that applications for annexes are filed every 53 minutes, reported Your Mortgage. Churchill Home Insurance used findings from a Freedom of Information Act that revealed 10,000 applications are made to councils every year, with the vast majority of these (82 per cent) being granted. Head at the insurance provider Craig Rixon said: “Developing your own, new or converted garden annexe can be a very exciting process and is becoming ever more popular as people get increasingly savvy about home renovations.” He went on to say they are ideal...

What Does Climate Change Mean For UK Gardens?

Gardeners in the UK are having to think about more than just the type of soil and light levels they have in their garden when they’re choosing plants now - they also need to consider climate change. A recent article for the Guardian pointed out that milder weather around the UK has helped some people grow plants that wouldn’t typically be associated with the British climate. However, the news provider cautioned gardeners that despite milder conditions, there can still be spells of extreme cold weather and these can damage or kill plants that aren’t designed for the cold. Marie and Tony Newton told the newspaper that they’ve noticed a change in their garden in the Midlands, noting that September is now considered a summer month, while the milder winters mean that they have a “riot...