Chris Bird, lecturer in Horticulture at Sparsholt College who led a team of students to win a RHS Chelsea gold medal this year, will be leading a workshop organised by Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) on how we can plan and manage our gardens to cope with drought and flood. 

Tuesday 10 July, 7.45pm to 9.15pm, United Church, Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8RZ. Tea and coffee available from 7.30pm. 

The weather over the past couple of months has been a challenge for gardeners and farmers, with seeds failing to sprout, and sudden changes from hot to cold. The UK has had drought warnings one week and flood warnings the next, neither of which is good for growing things.

This interactive workshop will cover topics such as designing your garden for drought, when, what and how to plant. Chris Holloway, Director at WinACC, says “Climate change means unpredictable weather so we need to design our green spaces for the extremes of drought and water-logging”.

All are welcome, and there is no need to book. People are invited to bring spare plants or produce to swap, if they have any.