The RHS Campaign: Greening Grey Britain

The RHS campaign: Greening Grey Britain has just been launched. As they explain: “Greening Grey Britain is about transforming hard grey areas into living, planted places that enrich lives” and aims to “change 6,000 grey spaces by the end of 2017.”
This is a timely campaign because our natural environment is under increasing threat of development. Whether it’s developers eying up green belt or individuals ripping up plants and hedges to convert their front garden to hard standing for a car or two, our green areas really are disappearing. For more information about Greening Grey Britain click here. In the meantime, here are ten tips from the RHS:
1 Plant a tree to provide shade and evapotranspiration, to help cool the air in summer. Fastgrowing, deciduous trees that require little maintenance also provide maximum benefits in terms of carbon capture
2 Plant a climber or hedge to provide shade and insulation for your house
3 Minimise/avoid paving over large areas of your garden, and consider replacing existing impermeable paved areas with permeable surfaces, including vegetation
4 Plant a variety of plant types and species to support a range of wildlife, eg a mix of trees, shrubs and flowering plants
5 Grow perennial plants over large areas. As these grow in the same place year after year they minimize annual soil disturbance, helping carbon capture
6 Consider reducing the area of lawn in your garden, replacing it with other permanent planting
7 When renewing garden equipment bear in mind its energy and carbon efficiency
8 Make compost and mulch, covering garden soil with organic matter such as bark to prevent evaporation of water
9 Collect rainwater and use ‘grey water’ (previously used for washing dishes, baths etc and suitable for small scale, short-term use)
10 Think ‘right plant, right place’ to minimise water use and maximise energy saving and energy capture