Candide Cuttings: Millennial Gardeners, Climate Change Frog Disease and David Austin Memorial

Published on May 13th 2019
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Millennial Gardeners

Research released by Garden Day has shown that under 35s are more passionate about their gardens, but have less time than older generations to enjoy them.
Garden day surveyed 3000 people nationwide and found that 53% of young people wish they could spend more time in their garden or in green spaces and recognise the positive impact this can have in tackling stress and loneliness.
68% of under 35s are happier as a result of having houseplants, and a similar number support the idea of a national celebration of gardens.
Poppy Jamie, Wellbeing Entrepreneur and Garden Day Ambassador said: ‘Anxiety and stress are prevalent issues, which means there's never been a more urgent need for initiatives that celebrate activities away from technology and that nurture community. With a loneliness epidemic happening amongst Millennials and Gen Z, the message of Garden Day is really important and the research shows just how true this is.’

Climate Change Frogs

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Climate change is accelerating the spread of a fatal disease found in common frogs, new research suggests.
Ranavirus is a virus that infects common frogs (Rana temporaria). The study found that mass die-offs were linked to increased temperature patterns in recent years.
The study predicts that if carbon emissions are not decreased, disease outbreaks will become more frequent, widespread and severe from April until October.
The research was carried out by ZSL’s Institute of Zoology, Queen Mary University of London and UCL and was published in Global Change Biology.
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Dr Stephen Price, lead author from ZSL's Institute of Zoology and UCL said: ‘Climate change isn't something that's just happening in faraway places - it's something real and present that's already had hard-to-predict impacts on wildlife in our own back gardens here in the UK.
‘This is one of the first studies that provides strong evidence of the impact of climate change on wildlife disease and helps to explain how it may facilitate the spread of Ranavirus across the UK.’

David Austin Memorial

This year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show will have a commemorative floral installation for esteemed rosarian David C.H. Austin.
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David C.H. Austin OBE MVH grew roses for over 75 years, with more than 240 English Roses to his name that are celebrated throughout the world. He died peacefully in December last year at the age of 92.
David Austin Roses will put together a floral display to reflect Mr A’s passion for roses and contribution to the horticultural world. The installation will be set around the central monument within the Great Pavillion.
The team hope the monument will give visitors the chance to experience a moment of remembrance and reflection. Perhaps even write a spot of poetry, as they believe Mr A might have done.
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