In zone one the RHS and Met Office feature takes visitors on a garden journey spanning 100 years. As time passes plants too tender to survive the 1950s winter are introduced, lawns decrease as water becomes scarcer, and by 2050 a dry garden shows the extreme effect climate change could have.
In the next zone three wind turbines tower over bio fuels, ground source heat pumps and solar power initiatives to demonstrate the role that green energy could play in the garden in future. Here there is willow and hazel coppicing for bio-mass fuels, water management schemes and energy-supporting crops. Other ideas to be more environmentally responsible are porous paving and new energy conserving insulation, including sheep’s fleece on buildings.
The third zone is a garden setting where a ‘grow your own’ plot includes wormeries, composting, bird-feeding and bee-keeping. Information about RHS research aims to help gardeners be more sustainable, avoid contributing to climate change and to reduce its effects.
Throughout the show talks and demonstrations about garden energy and environmental topics will take place in the grow your own plot. Contributors include the Met Office, Wiggly Wigglers, Writtle College and Tomorrow’s Energy.
To find out more visit www.rhs.org.uk